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Salt Lake City Zoo Mourns Death Of Giraffe, Unborn Calf

Bernard DUPONT

Salt Lake City's Hogle Zoo says a 17-year-old giraffe named Pogo has died, and her unborn calf was too small to survive. The Salt Lake Tribune reports Pogo started showing symptoms that she was sick on Sunday afternoon and died Monday. Zoo officials said in a Facebook post that her male calf was in “perfect condition" but only weighed 48 pounds. A necropsy found Pogo’s intestines were abnormal, and additional testing to determine exactly why she died and why it happened so fast is expected to take weeks. The zoo's website says the average lifespan of giraffes is 15 years.