World’s oldest giraffe dies aged 31 at Australian zoo

The world’s oldest giraffe has died at an Australian zoo aged 31.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales announced the devastating news on Friday just weeks following Mutangi experienced turned 31.

The terrific-grandmum was the to start with giraffe calf to be born at the zoo in 1990.

Because then she has presented birth to 14 calves and has a overall of 61 descendants.

Two of Mutangi’s daughters nonetheless live with her at Taronga zoo even though her other calves ended up sent to other enclosures close to Australia and New Zealand.

Ahead of she handed away, keeper Bobby-Jo Vial described Mutangi as getting “a large amount of character”.

“She’s really cheeky and she’s constantly up for a problem.”

Taronga Zoo posted a tribute to Mutangi on their website declaring she “inspired 1000’s of guests as a result of giraffe encounters as nicely as quite a few dignitaries and VIPs who visited the zoo”.

The zoo additional that mutangi leaves guiding an “amazing legacy”.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales declared the devastating information on Friday just weeks immediately after Mutangi had turned 31.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo

In June, on Environment Giraffe Working day, keeper Bobby-Jo said it was “a privilege” to perform with Mutangi and that she was her favourite to be with.

“We have a very good romantic relationship,” she claimed.

“It’s a transactional relationship, so it’s dependent on foods, but belief as well.

“Being a herd animal it takes a long time to receive a giraffe’s trust.”

The daily life expectancy for giraffe’s in the wild is somewhere around 25 a long time but can be greater for animals in captivity.

Mutangi had given birth to 14 calves and has a total of 61 descendants.
Mutangi had provided beginning to 14 calves and has a complete of 61 descendants.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo

In November, Jimmie the giraffe handed absent at a US zoo in Maryland aged 26.

Jimmie was “humanely euthanized” at the Plumpton Park Zoo following enduring “constant discomfort” in his leg and hoof.

“Unfortunately, his hoof and leg problems experienced progressed to the place he was encountering consistent distress,” the zoo reported in a push launch.

“In the final couple months, the zoo has consulted five diverse veterinarians, like some of the foremost zoo veterinarians throughout the United States, Africa, and Canada,” the zoo additional.

“All of the veterinarians experienced arrived at the same summary, that it was time to euthanize Jimmie and close the development of his escalating soreness.”  

This report at first appeared on The Sunshine and was reproduced below with authorization.