- Associated Press - Friday, May 27, 2016

BATON ROUGE, La. (AP) - A report has found that the Baton Rouge Zoo was not at fault in the death of a pair of giraffes earlier this year.

Media outlets report the audit from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums was released Thursday.

The zoo had asked its accrediting agency to investigate the circumstances surrounding the March deaths of a 24-year-old female giraffe and a 30-year-old female giraffe.

Both animals died within hours of each other - one who was battling an illness and the other who sustained injuries after being knocked down by another giraffe in a barn stall.

Inspectors reviewed staff incident reports, veterinarian records and pathology reports.

The zoo also requested an investigation from the U.S. Department of Agriculture into the death of a Malayan tiger last month. Those results aren’t back yet.



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