April the Giraffe, the beloved animal that captured the world’s consideration in 2017 delivering delivery to her calf, has died on the age of 20, the Animal Journey Park introduced Friday.
The 20-year-old giraffe was euthanized at her house in Animal Journey Park in Harpursville, New York, after a worsening arthritis situation and “in accordance with the suggestions of her veterinary workforce,” the zoo mentioned.
“On the celebrated age of 20 years previous, April was in her golden years, with the captive administration life expectancy averaging 20-25 years, far larger than the typical lifespan of 10-15 years within the wild,” the park wrote on Facebook.
“Over the previous 12 months, lodging have been made and coverings carried out, together with yard substrate adjustments, set up of a state-of-the-art padded barn flooring system, coupled with farrier work, dietary and medical adjustments. April’s most up-to-date veterinary examination recognized the acceleration of April’s situation, prompting the dedication that euthanasia was the humane and acceptable plan of action,” the park continued.
The park arrange a livestream of her throughout her being pregnant in 2017 however it dragged on for weeks, drawing intense hypothesis and hundreds of thousands of eyeballs. Lastly, folks the world over watched the delivery of the calf, who was dubbed Tajiri, on April 15.
April turned a mom of 5 in 2019 when she gave delivery to Azizi, who tragically died in October 2020 of an “surprising and unpreventable” situation.
April was taken to the Cornell College Veterinary Faculty for a necropsy, the zoo mentioned. As soon as the necropsy is accomplished, April shall be cremated and returned to Animal Journey Park.
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