Julius the Baby Giraffe Dies in Maryland Zoo After 1 Month

Pauline Gross
July 17, 2017

Julius was born June 15 and zoo officials said while giraffes typically start to nurse within a few days, Julius did not learn to nurse.

President of the Maryland Zoo, Don Hutchinson, released a statement saying that the vet staff and animal care team dropped everything to work with Julius, attempting everything they could to nurse the giraffe back to health.

The Maryland Zoo has been posting various updates on Julius' progress and on Friday and posted an image of the baby giraffe with a caption which said he was four weeks old and still fighting. Hutchinson said they explored every possible avenue, but he was sadly unable to survive. Mount Washington Pediatric Hospital also provided clinical support for the implementation of a Total Parenteral Nutrition (TPN) IV formula, as well as generously donating the TPN to the Zoo. He received two plasma transfusions and around-the-clock intensive care.

Despite 24-hour care and all the treatment efforts, associate veterinarian, Samantha Sander, of the Maryland Zoo, said that the calf remained in a critical condition, which, overnight, too a downward turn overnight. "This is certainly not the outcome we were hoping for, but we rest assured that we did everything we possibly could medically to prevent him from any distress".

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"My heart goes out to the Maryland Zoo team and their giraffe keepers", Twitter user Allysa Swilley posted today.

A postmortem examination of Julius will be performed to try and determine what put him in poor health so early in life, Sander added.

This June 28, 2017 photo provided by The Maryland Zoo shows a baby giraffe, Julius, and his mother, Kesi, at the zoo in Baltimore. "Sometimes there are underlying issues that are not able to be identified or solved by even the best science and skill".

"Julius impacted a large following of fans who wanted, like us, to see him thrive".

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