Gigi the giraffe dies two weeks after being moved to Sydney Zoo

 

By 9News Staff – 8 hours ago

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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.

 

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