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Gretchen, a 22-year-old giraffe suffering from arthritis, was euthanized yesterday, officials at the Maryland Zoo here said.
The 14-foot tall giraffe had successfully been treated for years for a condition that caused her front hooves to rotate slightly inward. However, Gretchen also suffered from progressive arthritis, which had advanced over the past few weeks, and zoo officials said she had begun to show signs of discomfort.
“We continued exploring treatments to make her more comfortable, and recently even tried several courses of acupuncture, in addition to the many different medications and supplements she had received over the years,” Dr. Ellen Bronson, chief veterinarian for the zoo, said in a statement. “Unfortunately, her arthritis had just become too advanced.”
The zoo is home to four other giraffes, 21-year-old Mary; Mary’s two daughters, 14-year-old Angel and 12-year-old Zoe; as well as a young male named Caesar, who will turn two in August.
In March, one of the Philadelphia Zoo’s oldest giraffes, Puzzles, was euthanized owing to failing health. At 27, Puzzles was also one of the oldest giraffes in the United States.
Police seek rape suspect
Local police are seeking a man they suspect of attacking and raping a woman early yesterday.
The woman was attacked about 2:30 a.m. near 49th Street and several people tried to detain a man, who managed to escape and fled to the beach, police said. Police described the suspect as a Hispanic male in his mid-20s, between five-feet-seven and six-feet tall, of average build with dark short hair, and possibly bruises or scars on both hands.
The man was wearing a light-colored polo-type shirt with horizontal blue stripes, police said.
Man shot at restaurant
A 24-year-old man was shot early yesterday in a restaurant parking lot, the Harford County Sheriff’s Office said.
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