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The other members of Zuberi’s herd — males Abu, 12, Etana, 6 and Isooba, 6 — do not have access to the enclosure at this time, zoo officials said.
The giraffes haven't been visible to patrons this year due to construction that's underway for Grand New View, a major project that's turning the old Cyclorama building into an event space that overlooks an African savanna exhibit. No guests witnessed the accident.
The official cause of Zuberi’s death won’t be known until a necropsy, the animal equivalent of an autopsy, is conducted. Mickelberg said he will be cremated.
Dr. Hayley Murphy, director of veterinary services at the zoo, said in a statement that the Zoo Atlanta family is “deeply shocked and saddened by this tragic and unexpected loss.” Zuberi was born in February 2010, at Riverbanks Zoo and Garden in South Carolina and arrived at Zoo Atlanta in 2014.
In recent years, Zoo Miami, Dallas Zoo and Fresno Chaffee Zoo have reported giraffes dying due to problems with their enclosures, the DoDo reported in January 2016.
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An 8-year-old giraffe died unexpectedly Monday at Zoo Atlanta after getting part of its neck stuck in a metal railing.