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Fresno Chaffee Zoo Giraffe Dies in Accident

Oct 15, 2015 01:22PM ● By Kevin

A giraffe born at a the Fresno Chaffee Zoo last month has died after running into a fence in an exhibit, according to a report put out by the Associated Press. The following are the details of the story:

"The male giraffe born at the Chaffee Zoo died Sunday evening during a special preview event for the new African Adventure exhibit set to open on Thursday.

"General curator Dan Subaitis said the giraffe ran into a single wire fence and likely broke his neck.

"He said officials aren't sure what got the young giraffe running. The giraffe had been in the exhibit for five days.

"The fence was put up to protect trees from the animals.

"A necropsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

"The giraffe, which had yet to be named, weighed 188 pounds at birth and was the twelfth reticulated giraffe birth in the zoo's history."

Information provided by the Associated Press.