World’s oldest giraffe dies aged 31 after giving birth to 14 babies at Aussie Zoo

The world’s oldest giraffe has died at an Australian zoo at the age of 31.

Taronga Western Plains Zoo in New South Wales announced the horrifying news on Friday just weeks after Mutangi turned 31.

Mutangi with one of her calves in 2003


Mutangi with one of her calves in 2003Credit: Rex
She is the oldest giraffe in captivity in the world


She is the oldest giraffe in captivity in the worldCredit: Facebook

The grandmother was the first giraffe born at the zoo in 1990.

Since then, she has given birth to 14 calves and a total of 61 children.

Mutangi’s two daughters still live with her at Taronga Zoo while her other calves are sent to other barns across Australia and New Zealand.

Before his death, goalkeeper Bobby-Jo Vial described Mutangi as someone with “a lot of personality.

“She’s pretty daring and always up for a challenge.”

Taronga Zoo posted a tribute to Mutangi on their website saying that she “inspired thousands of guests through her encounters with Giraffes as well as the many dignitaries and VIPs who have visited.” visit the Zoo.”

The zoo added that mutangi left an “incredible legacy”.

In June, on World Giraffe Day, goalkeeper Bobby-Jo said it was “a privilege” to work with Mutangi and that she was her favourite.

“We have a good relationship,” she said.

“It’s a transactional relationship, so it’s based on food, but also on trust.

“As a herd animal, it takes a long time to earn the giraffe’s trust.”

The life expectancy of giraffes in the wild is about 25 years but can be higher for animals in captivity.

In November, the giraffe Jimmie died at a US zoo in Maryland at the age of 26.

Jimmie was “humanely embellished” at the Plumpton Park Zoo after experiencing “constant discomfort” in his feet and toenails.

“Unfortunately, the condition of its hooves and feet has progressed to the point where it frequently experiences discomfort,” the zoo said in a press release.

“Over the last few months, the zoo has consulted with five different veterinarians, including some of the top veterinarians across the United States, Africa and Canada,” the zoo said. to add.

“The vets all came to the same conclusion, that it was time to die for Jimmie and put an end to the progression of his growing discomfort.”

The giraffe in the moment accidentally pushed the infant across the river to save the calf before being grabbed by the lioness’s neck World’s oldest giraffe dies aged 31 after giving birth to 14 babies at Aussie Zoo

Huynh Nguyen

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