FRESNO — Officers at Fresno Chaffee Zoo are deeply saddened to announce the demise of feminine reticulated giraffe Uzuri, the Zoo’s oldest giraffe.
She was humanely euthanized after years of battling progressive arthritis. Since 2017, Zoo employees have been monitoring and treating Uzuri’s degenerative joint illness. In early levels remedy included dietary supplements. Because the illness progressed, animal care employees added extra drugs to deal with her illness in addition to alleviate her ache from it.
“Just lately, Uzuri started displaying decreased exercise and an irregular gait. Radiographs confirmed worsening joint illness. As a consequence of diminishing high quality of life, the choice was made for euthanasia.” stated Dr. Shannon Nodolf, Chief Veterinary Officer.
At 26-years-old, Uzuri was one of many oldest reticulated giraffes in human care. She effectively surpassed the median life expectancy of 19 years for a feminine giraffe dwelling in managed care.
Zookeepers celebrated her latest milestone birthday with a cake made with a few of her favourite snacks, together with applesauce, honey, raspberry jello, apple slices and lettuce.
“Uzuri’s lengthy life at Fresno Chaffee Zoo is a testomony to the devoted care our zookeepers and veterinarians present. She was well-cared for into her geriatric years and as she confronted this progressive situation,” stated Scott Barton, CEO. Uzuri, whose identify means stunning in Swahili, was well-known to Zoo company as a frequent presence at Twiga Terrace, the giraffe feeding platform.
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