Baby Giraffe Dies at Central California Zoo

Life cut short ... the male giraffe was born at Fresno Chaffee Zoo in September. (PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Fresno Chaffee Zoo)
Life cut short … the male giraffe was born at Fresno Chaffee Zoo in September. (PHOTO CREDIT: Facebook/Fresno Chaffee Zoo)

A baby giraffe born at a Central California zoo last month has died after running into a fence in an exhibit.

KFSN-TV reports that the male giraffe born Sept. 9 at the Chaffee Zoo died Sunday afternoon.

It happened during a special preview event for the new African Adventure exhibit that is set to open on Thursday.

A zoo spokeswoman says a necropsy will be performed to determine the exact cause of death.

The giraffe weighed 188 pounds at birth and was the twelfth reticulated giraffe birth in the zoo’s history.

SOURCE: The Associated Press