Julius the Giraffe Has Died After One Month on This Godforsaken Planet
On Sunday, animal lovers around the globe
expressed their condolences
to first-time mother
According to the zoo's staff, Julius couldn't learn to nurse from his mother and by the end of his first day, specialists began teaching him how to bottle feed. During this time he was missing out on crucial antibodies from his mother's milk. The statement outlines the efforts that were taken to save him:
In order to boost his immune system, he was given two transfusions of giraffe plasma, from the Columbus and Cheyenne Mountain Zoos, as well as multiple courses of antibiotics, IV fluids, and other intensive care in order to provide nutritional support and to stabilize his condition.
Zookeepers still have hope that a necropsy will provide information that will help experts better understand what went wrong and how to prevent it in the future.
the International Union for the
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