NORFOLK, Va. (WAVY) – The Virginia Zoo announced Saturday that Baby G, the two-week-old giraffe, has passed away.
They say he took a turn for the worst on Wednesday with a decrease in appetite and change in behavior. Zoo officials quickly recognized the decline in health and went to work in order to save his life.
Our calf was given every viable option to help him, including antibiotics, fluids, and plasma transfusions – which help to boost the immune systems of neonate giraffe calves that don’t nurse from their mothers right away.
They said they appreciate the community’s support for Baby G, as well as the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium, which supplied the plasma for the transfusion.
Fans of the giraffe exhibit expressed their shock Saturday evening.
“It’s very sad. I know they want to have the babies to continue to help the species cause they are endangered and it’s just sad when one can’t survive,” said Laura Siebert
“I know their gestational period is so long that you know it could be a while again before they have another calf, so it is sad,” she added.