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First baby giraffe born at Giza Zoo in decades dies days after birth: Official

Ahram Online , Thursday 22 Dec 2016
Baby giraffe
Photo of the baby giraffe provided by the Giza Zoological Garden on Tuesday, 20 December, 2016
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The first baby giraffe born at the Giza Zoo in three decades has died a week after it was born, the head of the zoo said on Thursday

The baby ‘Nour,’ who was born on 12 December, died after its mother refused to nurse it, Mahmoud Ragaey, the head of the Giza Zoo, told Ahram Online.

The zoo had announced the “historic” delivery in a statement on Tuesday and said that vets and zookeepers were tending to the offspring, feeding it bovine colostrums and keeping it warm. He died on the same day.

Late baby giraffe Nour (Photo: Giza Zoological Garden)

Giraffes rarely mate in captivity and in the presence of crowds, according to Ragaey. The last time a giraffe was born at the Giza Zoo was 30 years ago, though both the mother and the baby died.

Despite the death of the young Nour, Ragaey said that the zoo’s staff should be commended for successfully overseeing the mating and birthing process.

The Giza zoo owns two Giraffes, a male aged seven and a female aged five.

The 124-year-old Giza Zoo, 80 acres large and located near the west bank of the Nile, was once one of the world's foremost zoological gardens, but has since fallen into disrepair.

(Photo: Giza Zoological Garden)

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