- Associated Press - Friday, September 12, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - A newborn giraffe has died at the Tulsa Zoo after attempts by staff to save it were unsuccessful.

The zoo said Friday that a 7-year-old Rothschild giraffe named Lexi gave birth Thursday afternoon. The zoo says the male calf was weak and life-saving measures by animal health staff didn’t work.

A post-mortem examination found that the baby giraffe suffered from a congenital heart defect, which caused its death.

The zoo says it is “heartbroken” the calf didn’t survive.

The calf’s father, Samburu, was euthanized in June after he fractured his foot. The mother was brought to the zoo in 2011 to breed with Samburu.



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