COPY-Zoo loses giraffe days after hippo dies

Associated Press - July 18, 2007 5:04 PM ET

GULF BREEZE, Fla. (AP) - A giraffe has died after an apparent upper neck injury at The Zoo of Northwest Florida, about a week and a half after the death of a young hippopotamus.

Zookeepers found the 10-year-old giraffe dead yesterday morning in his exhibit.

Officials say Sammy the giraffe may have injured its neck when he bolted into a post with enough force to cause bruising and a possible collapse.

A necropsy performed by veterinarian Dr. Gus Mueller revealed evidence of trauma to the upper neck.

Further tests have been ordered and those results are expected in about a week.

The news comes less than a week after zoo officials announced the death of Niles, a baby hippopotamus killed by his father, Kiboko.

The 18-month-old female hippopotamus died July 7th after suffering a crushed rib and punctured lung in an apparent attack in which she was bit.

Information from: Pensacola News Journal, http://www.pensacolanewsjournal.com

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