Lufkin zoo's giraffe dies

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Associated Press

Posted on August 18, 2013 at 12:31 PM

Updated Sunday, Aug 18 at 12:31 PM

LUFKIN, Texas (AP) — A female giraffe that had given birth to six calves at an East Texas zoo, including one in January, has died.

Emi Lane was 16.

Officials at the Ellen Trout Zoo say the Masai (mah-SYE') giraffe died of acute cardiac arrest on Tuesday.

Zoo director Gordon Henley says the giraffe had fallen in her stall on Monday afternoon and could not stand. She was eating and drinking normally when the zoo staff left Monday evening, but she was dead Tuesday morning.

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