COLUMBUS, Ohio (WSYX/WTTE) -- The Columbus Zoo has announced that Masai giraffe Cami passed away early Saturday morning after undergoing a rare Cesarean Section.
Cami, who was monitored around the clock by the Zoo's animal care experts, collapsed at 1:00 a.m. and was unable to rise. Initial bloodwork suggested acute kidney failure, but a full necropsy will be conducted with pathology results expected in six weeks.
On Tuesday, Cami underwent a C-Section after the Zoo animal care team and a surgeon weren't able to remove her endangered giraffe calf during labor. Her baby presented front hooves first, and it's rare for calves with this condition to live. The calf died after difficulties during the birth Tuesday afternoon.
Cami, 6-year-old, came to the Columbus Zoo in 2013 from the Nashville Zoo.
“Our devoted team is truly devastated but continues to be lifted by the outpouring of concern and support we have received from giraffe lovers from around the world. The Columbus Zoo’s animal care experts made heroic efforts to try and save Cami and the calves. Every individual animal in our care is extremely important not only to us, but to their species, and as giraffe populations are declining rapidly in their native ranges, it is up to all of us to help protect them. Working to help vulnerable species like giraffes comes with both triumphant and heartbreaking moments, and even during this sad time, I am proud of the Columbus Zoo’s work on behalf of animals in our care as well as our continued commitment to the conservation of giraffes in Africa,” said Columbus Zoo and Aquarium President/CEO Tom Stalf.
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