12 December 2019 - 14 Kislev 5780 - י"ד כסלו ה' אלפים תש"פ
Much-loved Israeli-born giraffe at Singapore Zoo dies while giving birth E-mail

One of the Singapore Zoo’s resident giraffes died while giving birth on 5 February, despite the efforts of the zoo’s veterinarians to save her. The calf also died.

Lucy, a 14-year-old giraffe originally from The Tisch Family Zoological Gardens in Israel, was confirmed to be pregnant with her first calf in April 2018. A giraffe’s gestation period is about 15 months, and Lucy had been expected to give birth in January.

However a Facebook post by Wildlife Reserves Singapore (WRS) on 4 February said: “Lucy went into labour over the weekend. We were hoping to share some joyful baby news, but things are not going smoothly for our firsttime mum. Lucy’s care team, consisting of keepers and vets, are monitoring her around the clock and assisting her with medication to help her deliver.”

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