The giraffe, born in 2017, died in an event that people around the world watched, the New York Zoo in which it lived, reported Friday.
And Animal Adventure Park said the giraffe, at the age of 20, was euthanized due to a worsening of arthritis that increasingly affected its quality of life. Declaration. The veterinary team said they did their best to make April comfortable, but her condition had so worsened that the team was no longer able to do so.
“We mourn with its many fans, near and far, as we say goodbye to the giraffe that can be attributed to creating a foothold for giraffe and giraffe protection awareness in the 21st century,” said Harborsville Zoo.
More than a million people watched live when April gave birth to a calf – named Tajiri but called Taj – in 2017. Its arrival came after weeks of waiting; The zoo even launched a text alert service to keep fans informed.
In all, there were more than 232 million views recorded on YouTube in the weeks leading up to and during the birth.
YouTube said that at some point in the day Taj was born, more than 1.2 million people were watching him at one time. At the time, it was among the five best-viewed live events ever on the video platform, she said.
The giraffe’s vet said the April euthanasia was the only humane measure.
Last summer, park staff noticed the 15-foot animal was behaving differently and found to have arthritis, the team said. April was transferring weight from leg to leg and laying on the ground more often. The zoo said veterinarians have begun treatment and management, but the most recent examination has shown advanced osteoporosis and that the irreversible condition is accelerating at a rapid rate.
“The severity of her condition is beyond our ability to control the rest of April,” the veterinary team said.
She added that giraffes usually live in captivity from 20 to 25 years, that is, about a decade longer than in the wild, while giraffes live on April 20.
“While we knew that this day would eventually come, our hearts hurt,” said Jordan Patch, owner of Animal Adventure Park.
April gave birth to another male calf, Aziz, in 2019. Azizi was taken to a Texas Zoo, and in 2020, he died of a gastrointestinal injury. The zoo said the case was unforeseen and could not be prevented.