TOLEDO, OH (WTOL) - The Toledo Zoo sadly reports that four-year-old giraffe Bahati was humanely euthanized on Friday.
Zoo officials say the Masai giraffe was euthanized due to rapidly declining health.
According to Zoo veterinary staff, Bahati began drooling excessively and animal care staff noticed muscle wasting on one side of her face about six months ago.
Bahati was born at the Nashville Zoo at Grassmere in December 2013. She was loaned to Toledo Zoo on recommendation of the Giraffe Species Survival Plan in April of 2015.
"While it is always difficult when an animal dies, it is particularly hard when the species is listed as vulnerable, like Masai giraffes. We are thankful for the tremendous care Bahati received from our keepers and veterinary staff. Our animals' quality of life is our paramount concern, and their care truly is a group effort that encompasses our entire staff," said Shayla Bell Moriarty, the Zoo's director of communication.
The rest of the Zoo's Masai giraffe tower remains on exhibit indoors until the weather stays consistently warm.