“The Sacramento Zoo is heartbroken to report that one of our geriatric female giraffes, Valentine, was found deceased in her sleeping quarters early this morning,” according to a post on the Sacramento Zoo Facebook page.
Val, who turned 24 on Valentine’s day – hence the name Val – had begun to show signs of her advanced age. Along with arthritis, Val was also struggling with a lame front leg and deterioration of her hooves.
The cause of death is unknown. The typical lifespan is reportedly around 25 years.
The zoo was temporarily closed on Saturday while the animal care team could devote themselves to transporting Valentine to the UC Davis School of Veterinary Medicine where a full necropsy will be performed.
The zoo reopened Saturday afternoon and has resumed regular hours.
The zoo is temporarily closed Saturday, August 10th until further notice. The zoo is heartbroken to report that one of…
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