A 15-year-old female giraffe died at the National Zoological Park in the wee hours on Thursday due to bleeding in stomach, zoo officials said.
Coming close on the heels of the death of an almost year-old giraffe a few weeks ago, the sudden death of the giraffe, identified as Anita, is a major blow to the zoo. Anita was brought to the park, popularly known as Delhi zoo, in 1999 and had since borne four offspring.
The giraffe started showing symptoms of illness since Wednesday afternoon and had a severe bout of loose motions. The zoo’s veterinarian immediately attended to her and administered medicine. “However, we found Anita dead this morning,” Riaz Khan, zoo’s curator (education) said.
The post-mortem examination carried out later in the day revealed Anita had suffered acute enteritis resulting in haemorrhage in the stomach.
“It is a case of individual susceptibility. There was no way we could have detected it or prevented it (intestinal infection),” said another zoo official.
While one of the giraffes was given away a few years ago, an almost one-year-old had died a few weeks ago after its neck got stuck in a y-shaped branch of a tree in its enclosure.
With Anita’s death, the zoo is left with only a male and a female giraffe.