Providence, RI – A beloved Masai giraffe was humanely euthanized following a devastating fall. According to the Roger Williams Park Zoo, Jaffa could not stand after the fall and the veterinary team made the difficult decision to euthanize him.
In a release, the zoo explained:
After suffering a fall that resulted in his inability to stand, our teams made the very difficult decision to humanely euthanize Jaffa. He was surrounded by those who loved and cared for him.
In June, Jaffa underwent “an intensive procedure” to address his chronic hoof issues. Though he recovered well from the initial procedure, he suffered a setback and needed additional medical evaluation.
The zoo said:
The Zoo brought back a team of specialists to give Jaffa the best chance at recovery. Jaffa was treated with antibiotics and custom-made shoes while his arthritis was treated with stem cells, a new, cutting-edge therapy available for some animals.
Those who knew and loved Jaffa are mourning his passing. The zoo said, “This handsome, gentle prince will be greatly missed.”
Rest easy Jaffa.
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