Zoo report: Giraffe died of broken neck

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Posted: Jul 01, 2017 3:21 PM

SCHNECKSVILLE, Pa. (AP) — Officials believe a young giraffe that died at a Pennsylvania zoo recently suffered a broken neck after it leaned into an adjoining stall and was injured by his father.

The (Allentown) Morning Call (http://bit.ly/2uaOXIL) reports that the blow on May 28 at the Lehigh Valley Zoo left Ernie with his neck between the bars of a human catwalk high on a wall separating the stalls.

Zoo officials said the 6-year-old Masai giraffe was beyond saving when a veterinarian was brought in the following morning.

The Association of Zoos and Aquariums is reviewing a report released Friday on the death.

Zoo CEO Melissa Borland said she has been warning other facilities with similar catwalk setups. She said the public should not be alarmed.

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com

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Information from: The Morning Call, http://www.mcall.com