Canada's oldest giraffe dies at Toronto Zoo

Ginetta the giraffe. (Supplied photo)

Ginetta the giraffe. (Supplied photo)

Terry Davidson, QMI Agency

, Last Updated: 8:51 PM ET

TORONTO — Canada’s oldest giraffe has died at the age of 30 at the Toronto Zoo.

Ginetta “lived longer than 96% of the female Masai giraffes in the North American population,” the zoo said on its Facebook page. Born at the Toronto Zoo in 1983, the giraffe turned 30 last August. It died on Monday.

While no details were released about the animal’s cause of death, zoo spokesman Jennifer Tracey said in an email that “it was only a few weeks before she (died) that she was showing difficulty in eating and the keepers started wetting her hay and feeding her a gruel of sweet feed and (vegetables).”

Given her age, Ginetta’s condition deteriorated “very quickly and she passed away very peacefully,” Tracey said.

The zoo noted Ginetta made a significant contribution to the Masai Giraffe Species Survival Plan as she “gave birth to five calves, has 10 grandkids and seven great-grandkids.”

terry.davidson@sunmedia.ca


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