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Fort Wayne zoo giraffe Zahra dies at 8

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WANE) - A Fort Wayne Children's Zoo giraffe has died.

Zahra, an 8-year-old reticulated giraffe that was born at the Fort Wayne zoo in October 2009, died July 5 after suffering from an illness for two weeks. The zoo shared the news of Zahra's death on Facebook on Wednesday.

“Zahra first seemed to have a mild lameness in mid-June and later showed decreased appetite,” Staff Veterinarian Dr. Kami Fox explained in the post. “Because of the excellent animal training from our Animal Care Team, we were able to obtain blood samples during her illness for diagnostics and to monitor her response to treatment. Despite the weeks of supportive care and diet supplementation, she developed digestive issues, causing a life-threatening condition and her ultimate death.”

Zahra was the spawn of Jelani and Zuri. She was also the mother of Kita, the giraffe calf born last August.

"She was an important member of our herd, and her offspring marked three generations of giraffe here at the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo," the post read.

The zoo said in the post that Zahra was "loved by all, and her loss is felt deeply.

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