Cleveland Metroparks Zoo giraffe dies from urinary condition


CLEVELAND (AP) — A 9-year-old giraffe at the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo has died from an acute and untreatable urinary condition.

Officials say the giraffe named Travis died at the zoo on Friday.

The zoo now has four giraffes and that exhibit is open. Officials say the remaining giraffes are healthy.

Zoo spokesman Rick Haase tells Cleveland.com that giraffes don’t show any indications that they’re suffering from health problems until it’s too late for treatment.

The World Animal Foundation says healthy giraffes generally live about 25 years in the wild and roughly 28 years in captivity.

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