RIP Puzzles the Giraffe


Puzzles, a 27 year old female giraffe that was a favorite at the Philadelphia zoo (see above), was euthanized last week. Puzzles was most easily identified by the mysterious growth on her neck, something that zoo officials said did not contribute to her declining health although no one ever seemed quite certain why the growth formed.

Unfortunately the zoo may euthanize another 28 year old giraffe named Twigga in the near future as well. The other giraffe being kept, Stella, is only 7, and the zoo staff is asking around to obtain another giraffe so Stella will not be left all alone.

The story is being covered here, here, and here. See also Greg's recent post about the death of another favorite giraffe, Gemina.

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