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Denver Zoo mourns beloved giraffe

Posted at 4:38 PM, Feb 12, 2019
and last updated 2019-02-12 18:38:50-05

DENVER – The Denver Zoo lost a long time resident Tuesday.

The zoo announced on Twitter the death of one of its giraffes, 23-year-old Masika.

She was fondly known to zookeepers as ‘The Princess’ and will be remembered as gentle and charismatic.

Masika was born at the Denver Zoo and gave birth to eight calves during her lifetime.

In her later years, the beloved giraffe developed health issues that are commonly found in older giraffes.

Zookeepers and the veterinarian team closely monitored her issues over the last several months. After noticing significant changes in her quality of life, the zoo made the difficult decision to put her down.

In the tweet, the zoo said it strives to provide the highest quality of care to its 3,300 animals throughout all life stages.

Masika will be missed by staff, volunteers, and guests.