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Zoo announces loss of beloved giraffe

Photo supplied/Fort Wayne Children's Zoo

FORT WAYNE, Ind. (WOWO) – The Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo has announced the loss of Jelani, a 24-year-old giraffe that had been at the zoo since 1999.

Jelani was humanely euthanized Saturday, after a comprehensive assessment revealed that he would not recover. The zoo says he had been suffering from neurological abnormalities that worsened over a short period of time.

Jelani came to the Fort Wayne Children’s Zoo in May of 1999 from Fossil Rim Wildlife Center. He sired 6 calves during his time at the zoo.

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