Giraffe Will Go Through Risky Procedure At Cheyenne Mountain Zoo To Treat Ongoing Health Issues – CBS Denver

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (CBS4) A 16-year-old giraffe named Mahali will go through a risky procedure as animal care specialists work to treat some ongoing health issues. Animal care specialists say Mahali has arthritis and fractures in his feet, which hes recently indicated have become painful.

Zoo officials say theyve treated similar conditions before with special shoes and stem cell injections but Mahali has recently regressed in his training and isnt allowing them to attempt those treatments.

Weve exhausted all of our usual treatment options. This means we are now gearing up for an anesthetization to immobilize and treat Mahali, officials stated Wednesday.

The VP of Mission and Programs, Dr. Liza, and Giraffe Animal Care Manager, Jason, explained that giraffe anesthesia is risky but say it is in Mahalis best interest in this case.

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