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Family's Visit to Safari Park Got Very Up Close

Little Paisley Toten, 2, is OK after giraffe lifts her out of pickup truck at Texas attraction

(Newser) - A family's outing at a safari park in Texas ended with a little too much giraffe interaction. Jason Toten tells the Fort Worth Star-Telegram that he and his fiancee were "just getting out of the house" on Saturday when they took their kids to the Fossil Rim Wildlife...

Baby Giraffe Found Dead With Broken Neck at Zoo Miami

Staff says it's possible something startled the animal

(Newser) - Another giraffe has lost its life in an accident that resulted in a broken neck, this time a baby giraffe at Zoo Miami. The giraffe, born Dec. 15, was found by the zoo's staff Saturday morning, spokesperson Ron Magill said. "Because the event that led to this...

Lonely Giraffe Heads Out on Road in Search of Sun, Pals

Benito sets out for a new zoo after outcry from animal rights activists

(Newser) - A giraffe named Benito started a 40-hour road trip Monday to leave behind the cold and loneliness of Mexico's northern border city of Ciudad Juarez to find warmth—and maybe a mate—in his new home 1,200 miles to the south, the AP reports. A campaign by animal...

After Giraffe's Tumble, an 'Incredibly Difficult Decision'

Ferrell, 15, euthanized after dislocating jaw, which couldn't be repaired, per Dallas Zoo

(Newser) - A 15-year-old male giraffe was euthanized at the Dallas Zoo on Sunday after suffering an accident that hindered his ability to eat. The zoo said the giraffe, Ferrell, had an "unexpected fall in the barn" late on Friday. While examining Ferrell, veterinarians found he had dislocated his jaw "...

Authorities Seize Woman's Giraffe Poop at Minnesota Airport
Authorities Seize
Woman's Giraffe Poop
at Minnesota Airport
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Authorities Seize Woman's Giraffe Poop at Minnesota Airport

She was apparently planning to make a necklace out of it

(Newser) - An Iowa woman who brought giraffe poop from Kenya back to the US had her dream of making a necklace from the dung dashed when customs officials seized it instead. During an inspection upon arrival at a Minnesota airport on September 29, the woman told agriculture specialists from customs that...

Unique Spotless Giraffe Gets a Fitting Name

She's dubbed Kipekee, which means 'unique' in Swahili

(Newser) - The rare spotless giraffe born at a Tennessee zoo now has a fitting name. After an online vote, the baby giraffe was named Kipekee, which means "unique" in Swahili. Some 40,000 people from around the world weighed in, chosing Kipekee over Firyali ("unusual" or "extraordinary"),...

This Baby Might Be World's Only Giraffe Without Spots

She was born at a Tennessee zoo last month

(Newser) - A spotless giraffe may be the only one of her kind on the planet, according to the zoo where she was born. The baby with no spots was born July 31 at Brights Zoo in Limestone, Tennessee, WJHL reports, and zoo officials say that since spots are able to be...

Zoo Giraffe's Death Is 'Unprecedented'

Parker of the Seneca Park Zoo died after his neck became stuck in gate support

(Newser) - A young endangered giraffe beloved by visitors to his New York zoo has died in a tragic accident, officials announced Monday. Parker, a 6-year-old Masai giraffe, was found unresponsive with his neck caught in a support structure of an enclosure gate at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester on Sunday...

Encounter With Giraffe at Game Preserve Turns Deadly

Toddler dies, mother in critical condition following incident in South Africa

(Newser) - A toddler has died and her mother is fighting for her life after the pair were reportedly trampled by a giraffe on a South African game preserve. The incident happened around 4pm local time on Wednesday at the luxury Kuleni Game Park in KwaZulu-Natal province on the country's east...

15-Month Mission Saves Giraffes on Sinking Island

9 endangered Rothschild giraffes transported on custom-made barge to mainland Kenya

(Newser) - For more than a year, multiple groups have worked together to rescue nine endangered giraffes from a sinking island in a Kenyan lake. On Monday, the final two animals made the milelong journey from their flooded habitat to their new home on the mainland, thanks to the rescuers' patience and...

1.2M Watched Her Give Birth. Now, a Farewell to April

Giraffe at upstate NY zoo is euthanized due to advancing arthritis

(Newser) - April, the giraffe that became a sensation when a rural New York zoo livestreamed her 2017 pregnancy and delivery, was euthanized Friday because of advancing arthritis, the zoo said. "She is a precious member of our family, and while we knew this day would eventually come, our hearts are...

They Put Out the Fire at the Zoo. Then, a Tragic Find

2 giraffes, including one named Waffles, killed during blaze at Roer's Zoofari in Reston, Va.

(Newser) - Two giraffes were found dead Monday evening after firefighters battled a blaze at a Virginia zoo, officials said. A two-story barn at Roer's Zoofari caught fire around 5:30pm Monday night, news outlets reported, via the AP . The two giraffes were found after the fire was extinguished. Fairfax County...

LA Zoo Giraffe Dies After Giving Birth to Stillborn Calf

Los Angeles Zoo mourns death of 12-year-old Hasina

(Newser) - A giraffe has died at the Los Angeles Zoo after undergoing a procedure to deliver her stillborn calf, the zoo announced Tuesday. Hasina, a 12-year-old Masai giraffe, died unexpectedly Monday night after a team of 30 zoo staffers had removed the full-term stillborn calf in a five-hour procedure that morning,...

Tragedy Follows Long-Awaited Zoo Birth

Nashville zoo says mother giraffe accidentally stepped on newborn's neck

(Newser) - Nashville Zoo says keepers will be giving giraffe Nasha "an abundance of comfort and care for the next few days" after the tragic death of her newborn. After a 15-month pregnancy and a birth watched by thousands Saturday on the "Baby Giraffe Cam," the infant giraffe died...

Orphaned White Giraffe Gets Some Added Protection

GPS tracker to provide hourly location updates in Kenya

(Newser) - An orphaned white giraffe has been fitted with a tracking device in Kenya in an effort to protect him from poachers, like those who killed his mother and sibling. News outlets including the AP refer to the lonely male with leucism, a genetic condition resulting in partial loss of pigmentation,...

Feds Face Lawsuit Over Failure to Protect Giraffes

With populations plummeting, hunters are still allowed to import trophies

(Newser) - Conservation groups say they are planning to sue the federal government to win greater protection of "everyone's favorite longnecked mammal." Groups including the Humane Society of the United States filed a notice of intent to sue the US Fish and Wildlife Department Wednesday ABC reports. They say...

Killing of Rare Giraffes Marks 'a Very Sad Day'
In Kenya, a Grisly Find
Is a 'Wake-Up Call'
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In Kenya, a Grisly Find Is a 'Wake-Up Call'

Poachers believed to have taken out 2 of its rare white giraffes

(Newser) - When a bright white giraffe and her equally colorless calf were first spotted in Kenya in 2017, conservationists worried their lack of camouflage would make them easy targets for predators, if not poachers. Their fears were well-founded. In a devastating blow, it's believed poachers killed the female and a...

Dog That Tended Baby Giraffe: 'He Stayed Till the End'

Hunter the watchdog immediately took to Jazz, abandoned by his mother, at shelter

(Newser) - When Jazz, a days-old giraffe, arrived at the Rhino Orphanage animal shelter in Limpopo, South Africa, a few weeks ago, he wasn't doing so well. A farmer had found the giraffe, abandoned by its mother and dehydrated and frail, and called the shelter to take Jazz in. What happened...

Giraffes, Other Animals Die in Blaze at Ohio Wildlife Park

At least 10 animals killed in barn fire

(Newser) - At least 10 animals were killed in a barn fire that erupted at an Ohio wildlife park, officials said. The blaze began about 6:15pm Thursday at the African Safari Wildlife Park in Port Clinton, the AP reports. Three bongos, three giraffes, three red river hogs, and a springbok housed...

For Giraffes, a Piece of Much-Needed Good News

A key World Wildlife Conference committee vows to protect them

(Newser) - Nations around the world moved Thursday to protect giraffes as an endangered species for the first time, drawing praise from conservationists and scowls from some sub-Saharan African nations, the AP reports. Thursday's vote by a key committee at the World Wildlife Conference known as CITES paves the way for...

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