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Thursday, Apr 17, 2014

Giraffe euthanized at central Florida zoo


MELBOURNE – A giraffe at a central Florida zoo has been euthanized after suffering “chronic lameness” for more than two years.

Duncan was the tallest giraffe at the Brevard Zoo. The 18-foot-tall reticulated giraffe was 11 years old.

Zoo officials tell Florida Today that Duncan’s illness affected his front legs and was life-threatening. It was treated with anti-inflammatory medications and rest, but officials say Duncan’s condition had become worse recently with abnormal hoof growth.

On Wednesday, Duncan collapsed after a procedure in a “restraining chute.” Officials say they determined the animal was suffering from a stress-related condition that destroys muscle tissue, and that Duncan would not recover.

The giraffe was euthanized.

Information from: Florida Today (Melbourne, Fla.),