Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Giraffe Born at Calgary Zoo Fails to Nurse, Dies Two Days Later

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Giraffe Born at Calgary Zoo Fails to Nurse, Dies Two Days Later

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Newborn giraffe dies at Calgary Zoo

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CALGARY - A newborn giraffe has died at the Calgary Zoo after officials say it failed to nurse.

The male calf was born Dec. 28 to a six-year-old Masai giraffe named Emara, but after it failed to nurse, staff intervened by tube feeding the animal.

Curator Coleen Baird said there were no issues with the birth, but the calf was struggling to stand and wasn't making contact with the mother's nipples.

"(The zoo) let it be and gave it some more time to figure out the nursing thing. Once it got some stimulation of food, we thought that could boost it," Baird said, noting Emara kept trying to nurse and take care of the calf.

"We were hoping that they could connect as far as nursing. …

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