Cincinnati Zoo mourning after loss of a visitors favorite

CINCINNATI (WEHT) – The Cincinnati Zoo is mourning the loss of one of their special animal friends.

According to the zoo, their 12-year-old giraffe, Kimba, died Sunday after complications from a procedure to fix his hooves.

The zoo’s volunteer observer team was monitoring the giraffe barn when they saw Kimba fall to the ground early Sunday morning.

Kimba was the zoo’s only male giraffe.

 He was over 16 feet tall and was the father of six other giraffes, with a seventh on the way.

According to the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, a male giraffe’s average life expectancy is 13.4 years.

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(This story was originally published on November 18, 2019)

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