Sad news out of BREC's Zoo of Baton Rouge as two female giraffes died on Saturday morning.

Hope, a 24-year-old giraffe, had been suffering from a front leg injury for several years now. She was isolated earlier in the week but was later euthanized due to complications.

The other giraffe that passed away was a 30-year-old named Mopani. She was injured when another giraffe pushed her down and later died from her injuries.

“This is an extremely sad event for all of us,” Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Gordon Pirie said. “The death of any animal is difficult, but those two in one day is devastating.”

According to the Baton Rouge Zoo, the average lifespan for giraffes is 19.5 years.


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