Kimba the giraffe dies after procedure complications

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Kimba the giraffe dies after procedure complications
Kimba the giraffe dies after procedure complications

The Cincinnati Zoo is mourning the loss of Kimba, a 12-year-old giraffe, who died Sunday after a procedure to fix his hooves, the zoo announced.

The Zoo Volunteer Observer team has been monitoring the giraffe barn for weeks, watching a pregnant female for signs of labor, and called vets when members saw Kimba fall to the ground a little after 1 a.m., officials said.The Zoo Volunteer Observer team has been monitoring the giraffe barn for weeks, watching a pregnant female for signs of labor, and called vets when members saw Kimba fall to the ground a little after 1 a.m., zoo officials said.

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“Please keep Kimba’s care team in your thoughts. They are devastated,” the zoo wrote on Facebook.

Kimba, 12, sired six calves, and his seventh is on the way.

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He came to Cincinnati in 2008 from the Roger Williams Park Zoo in Providence, Rhode Island, on a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums’ Species Survival Plan. One of his calves, 3-year-old Cora, lives there now.

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