Reticulated giraffe passes away at Sedgwick County Zoo

August 14, 2020 - 1:42 pm

Photo: Sedgwick County Zoo


Lois, 22, a reticulated giraffe, passed away Thursday, August 13.

The giraffe recently began showing signs of illness including lethargy, coughing, runny nose, and poor posture.  Her condition had grown worse over the past two week despite treatment, so veterinarians felt that it was time for a thorough examination under anesthesia.

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During the exam, medical staff found a cancerous mass in her jaw.  Given her age and signs of illness, it was determined that the cancer could not be treated successfully and the decision was made to euthanize her humanely.

Lois was born August 4, 1989, at the Buffalo Zoo and arrived at the Sedgwick County Zoo in October, 1999.  She had three calves; Charlie, Phil and Elliot Kelly, who all have contributed to the survival of the species.

Elliot, who was born in 2011 still resides at the Sedgwick County Zoo.

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