Despite plasma transfusion donations made by Colorado Springs' Cheyenne Mountain Zoo and an Ohio zoo, a baby giraffe that had struggled since its birth last month at a Baltimore zoo has died.
"Our veterinary staff and our animal care team put their lives on hold to try and nurse Julius back to health, and every avenue was explored," Don Hutchinson, president and CEO of the Maryland Zoo, posted on the zoo's website Saturday. "Sadly, he was unable to survive in spite of their Herculean efforts."
Named Julius, the calf, had struggled to nurse since his birth on June 15.
The zoo's veterinary staff worked around-the-clock with Julius to provide nutritional support and teach him how to bottle feed. He underwent two plasma transfusions, received multiple courses of antibiotics, IV fluids, and other intensive care.
"In the end, we are saddened that this extraordinary effort wasn't enough to save him," Maryland Zoo officials announced on their website, which provided updates of Julius' condition. "The entire Maryland Zoo family is feeling this loss very deeply, as we know you are feeling it, too."