Giraffe Calf to Have Hernia Surgery
The giraffe calf, born on October 11th, will have surgery this week to correct an umbilical hernia. "We've consulted with experts around the country and have determined the hernia will require surgery to repair. Now is the best time to do that so we have assembled a team to assist with the procedure this week," said Zoo Staff Veterinarian Dr. Stephanie Carle. "Though hernia surgery is a common procedure in other various animals there is always a risk anesthetizing a young animal, particularly a giraffe." said Dr. Carle.
The calf is doing well, having gained 36 lbs. since birth, and has bonded with his mother Asha. Plans are to begin introductions with the other giraffes after he recovers from the surgery. Following those introductions, he'll be able to go on display to the public.
The Zoo would like to thank the community for the outpouring of support and will continue to provide updates as information is available to release.