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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Jun 29, 2010
Location: Peoria, Illinois

Animal: Giraffe
Animal Disposition: dead

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Peoria Zoo

Category: Injury to animal, Animal Death
Species: Other

Summary: One ofthe two young male giraffes in the Peoria Zoo's Africa! exhibit died in its outdoor enclosure in a strange accident in front of a large crowd of visitors, including children. The giraffe was eating leaves froma tree on te other side of an internal 4-foot fence in the enclsoure when its head and neck got caught in the fork of the tree. The animal struggled some but couldn't dislodge its head. Somehow the movements of the 15-foot tall giraffe flipped its body onto the opposite side of the fence with its head still stuck in the tree. Zoo officials were able to extract his head while he was still alive, but the giraffe stopped breathing 5 to 10 minutes later.

Source: PJStar.com

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