TULSA, Okla. (AP) - The Tulsa Zoo has had to put down a 21-year-old giraffe who had a broken bone in his right, front foot.
Zoo officials said Sunday that Samburu, also known as Sam, died on Saturday. He was born at the zoo in 1992.
The zoo says Sam lived longer than average for a male giraffe cared for by humans. He suffered from osteoarthritis.
Officials say Sam, who weighed 2,500 pounds, recently experienced a sharp decline in his ability to move and stand comfortably.
As with horses, a leg injury in a giraffe is difficult to treat because of their size and natural behaviors.
(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)
Viewers with disabilities can get assistance accessing this station's FCC Public Inspection File by contacting the station with the information listed below. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, 888-835-5322 (TTY), or firstname.lastname@example.org.