It’s the circle of life…
April the Giraffe, whose being pregnant was documented on a reside digicam inside her habitat and went viral on YouTube in 2017, has sadly died at 20. On Friday, the Animal Journey Park introduced the animal needed to be euthanized attributable to her worsening arthritis, per ABC Information. The zoo launched an announcement on Fb, writing:
“We credit score and thank the excellent collective care offered by the park’s veterinarians and animal care group with preserving April completely satisfied and wholesome throughout her greater than 5 yr keep at Animal Journey.”
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“Each groups have made each doable effort to maintain her snug and lengthen her life whereas managing her situation. Over the previous yr, lodging had been made and coverings carried out, together with yard substrate adjustments, set up of a state-of-the-art padded barn flooring system, coupled with farrier work, dietary and medical adjustments. April’s most up-to-date veterinary examination recognized the acceleration of April’s situation, prompting the willpower that euthanasia was the humane and acceptable plan of action.”
April’s physique will reportedly be cremated after her necropsy, and her ashes will then be returned to the park.
As we talked about earlier than, a then-pregnant April racked up hundreds of thousands of views when the zoo determined to reside stream the journey from her residence. When she gave delivery to a male calf named Tajiri, the video garnered greater than 1.2 million views! This made Animal Journey Park the second most live-viewed channel in YouTube’s historical past on the time, with over 232 million reside views from February to Could. Wow!
Sadly, the momma’s youngest calf, Azizi, additionally unexpectedly died at a Texas zoo final yr.
You may be missed, April!
[Image via Good Morning America/YouTube]