Maryland Zoo announces death of giraffe calf Julius

Condition of sick baby giraffe at Maryland Zoo deteriorates
Baby giraffe Julius dies after intensive care at Maryland Zoo

16 July, 2017

The medical condition of a baby giraffe at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore has worsened, and officials say his chances of survival are slim.

Zoo representatives released a statement Friday saying Julius' health made a turn for the worst as he held on to his life through the administration of tube feeding.

This June 28, 2017 photo provided by The Maryland Zoo shows a baby giraffe, Julius, and his mother, Kesi, at the zoo in Baltimore. "Sadly, he was unable to survive in spite of their Herculean efforts".

Julius's June 15 birth brought joy to the zoo staff, but it didn't last long. Julius also got two transfusions of giraffe plasma from other zoos.

Julius was the first-born of his mother, Kesi.

Julius was receiving a life supporting solution called total parenteral nutrition through an IV thanks to the development and donation of solutions from Mt. Washington Pediatric Hospital. "This is certainly not the outcome we were hoping for, but we rest assured that we did everything we possibly could medically to prevent him from any distress", Sander said in the statement.

The zoo has maintained a blog providing updates on Julius's condition.

A necropsy is scheduled to determine how Julius' health deficit began. "Sometimes there are underlying issues that are not able to be identified or solved by even the best science and skill".

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