By 9News Staff – 8 hours ago
A giraffe at Sydney Zoo has died unexpectedly two weeks after being transported from Australia Zoo on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland.
A giraffe has died at the new Sydney Zoo just weeks after moving there from Australia Zoo.
Three-year-old Gigi only recently arrived in western Sydney after being transferred from Queensland’s Sunshine Coast.
But on Saturday night, the eve of World Giraffe Day, Gigi died.https://d-21731682141961717604.ampproject.net/2006050512000/frame.htmlGigi the giraffe died just weeks after being transferred to Sydney Zoo. (Sydney Zoo)
Sydney Zoo said her death was sudden and unexpected.
“It is with a heavy heart that we say a very sad goodbye to Gigi,” Sydney Zoo said in a statement.
“As we mourn this tragic loss, she will be remembered for her friendly and cheeky nature.”
A post-mortem is being carried out by an expert team from the University of Sydney. The results are expected to be released in a few weeks.
Gigi was moved to western Sydney as part of a nationwide breeding program.https://d-21731682141961717604.ampproject.net/2006050512000/frame.html
The zoo said she was fit, healthy and had settled in well.
But some experts are concerned.
Veterinary surgeon Dr Robert Zammit suggested moving from a hot to a cold climate could have placed stress on the animal.
A new companion will be sought for Sydney Zoo’s remaining giraffe, Eyelean.