Babies are precious beings. Whether it is a human baby, a kitten, a puppy or a baby giraffe, most people go ‘aww’ when they have those little balls of fur in their arms. However, little Julius who was only a month old, passed away at the Maryland Zoo.
The Zoo formally announced the death of the one-month-old giraffe calf. A post mortem examination will determine the cause of death.
According to Don Hutchinson, who is the president and CEO of the zoo, he said that all efforts were made to keep young Julius healthy but unfortunately ‘he was unable to survive.’
Don continued on to say: ‘It’s hard to put our emotions into words right now. Our veterinary staff and our animal care team put their lives on hold to try and nurse Julius back to health.’
He continued on by saying: ‘[Any] and every avenue was explored, sadly he was unable to survive in spite of their Herculean efforts.’
Baby Julius was born to first-time mother, Kesi, on June 15 during the wee hours of the morning. Unfortunately, Julius never learned how to nurse effectively.
So the staff at the zoo supplemented Julius with a special colostrum formula and also tried different methods to teach him how to bottle feed.
Despite those methods, Julius was also given two transfusions of giraffe plasma to enhance his immune system and was also given a wide variety of antibiotics and IV fluids.
According to the associate vet at the zoo, Dr. Samantha Sander, she said: ‘Despite intensive medical interventions, tube feeding and around the clock care, Julius remained a critical patient.’
She continued on and said: ‘His condition took a sharp turn downward overnight, and we had to make the difficult decision to humanely euthanize him. This is certainly not the outcome we were hoping for, but we rest assured that we did everything we possibly could medically to prevent him from any distress.’
Since his death, animal lovers have reacted on twitter and offered their condolences, love, and sympathy for the baby giraffe. The trending hashtag ‘Team Julius’ is used in memory of him and also to pay tribute to the health workers who worked around the clock to bring him into stable health.