Giraffe at Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo dies

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) — A 29-year-old giraffe at Evansville's Mesker Park Zoo has died.

Kiah, a reticulated giraffe, died on Wednesday, the zoo announced on social media.

The age of 29 is well past life expectancy for giraffes in human care, the zoo said. Kiah had “age-related difficulties that were severely affecting her quality of life,” leading zoo officials to decide to euthanize her, the reported.

Kiah's long-time companion and fellow giraffe Kizzie died unexpectedly in February at age 19.

Mesker Park has one giraffe remaining, 3-year-old Clementine, who lives in a habitat with two zebras as company.

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