A federal agency has fined the Tulsa Zoo $5,000 after an investigation into the death of a 9-year-old giraffe.
The giraffe, named Amira, died of hypothermia in January during
extremely cold conditions. The U.S. Department of Agriculture
investigation found that zoo officials didn't act fast enough to
warm the animal and cited the zoo for three violations.
Zoo officials said that because of the cold, the giraffes were housed in a heated barn. The USDA found the barn was not structurally sound enough to maintain temperatures necessary for the animals.
The investigation also found that the attending veterinarian
didn't have the appropriate authority and that zoo employees failed to follow the vet's order to immediately supply supplemental heat. Zoo Director Terrie Correll says the zoo has learned some valuable lessons from the case.