- Associated Press - Wednesday, July 6, 2016

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) - Blank Park Zoo in Des Moines says its two-humped camel, Nikolai, has died.

The Des Moines Register reports (https://dmreg.co/29rXvl9 ) that the camel died suddenly Saturday.

A zoo news release says zoo veterinarians and keepers began treating the 7-year-old Bactrain camel Saturday morning when he began showing signs of illness. Despite their efforts, the camel died that afternoon.

Final test results are pending, but the zoo says preliminary results show the camel died of an acute gastrointestinal disease.

Nikolai came to Blank Park Zoo in 2013 from the Dakota Zoo in Bismarck, North Dakota. Bactrian camels are a critically engendered species. Conservation website Red List says only 950 of the camels remain in natural habitats.

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Information from: The Des Moines Register, https://www.desmoinesregister.com

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