TUPELO – The baby giraffe born Wednesday at the Tupelo Buffalo Park has died.
The Buffalo Park’s Sheila Franklin said she and the park staff arrived at work Sunday morning to find parent giraffes Patches and Tall Boy huddled around the newborn under a cluster of trees.
“We checked on her last (Saturday) night before we left the Park and she appeared fine,” Franklin said. “She was standing next to Patches.”
Franklin said they could find no obvious signs of trauma or explanations as to the cause of death. The giraffe, a female, will be taken to Mississippi State University’s College of Veterinary Medicine for an autopsy.
The Buffalo Park will continue with the naming process in order to erect a marker with the giraffe’s elected name on it. Names may be submitted through the Buffalo Park’s Facebook page or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“Even though she was with us for a short time, we loved her ever since we discovered Patches was pregnant,” Franklin said.