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Julius the baby giraffe has died at Maryland Zoo

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Julius, the newest baby giraffe is pictured at the Maryland Zoo  on June 28, 2017. Julius, the newest baby giraffe is pictured at the Maryland Zoo on June 28, 2017.

A baby giraffe who had been struggling since he was born at Maryland Zoo has died, zoo officials confirmed Saturday.

Vet staff and an animal care team at the zoo put their lives on hold and tried every option possible to help little Julius, who was born to first-time mother Kesi on June 15. But sadly he wasn't able to learn how to nurse effectively, and did not have enough antibodies to help him prevent sickness. 

Julius received two giraffe plasma transfusions, one donated from Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, to boost his weakened immune system. Zookeepers took plasma from Msitu while she was pregnant with her baby Rae in case it needed fluids when it was born in May. Instead, that plasma was sent to help other giraffes.

Although the infusion was successful, Dr. Samantha Sander, an associate veterinarian at the zoo, says his condition took a sharp turn downward overnight, prompting a decision to euthanize the calf.

The zoo shared a heartfelt statement about little Julius on their Facebook page:

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