On Friday, animal lovers received a heartbreaking update about a baby giraffe named “Julius.” The giraffe, just one month of age, did not survive – the sad news was shared via Facebook with followers of the Maryland Zoo on Friday:
It’s hard to even write the words. Julius is gone. After weeks of effort, intensive medical treatments and round-the-clock hands on care, today the team made a decision they never wanted to have to make.
Staff at the zoo had been working their hardest to help Julius overcome his physical ailments, but their efforts weren’t enough to keep him alive. The zoo explained:
Since Julius’ birth and the beginning of his battle, we knew his chances of survival were limited, but that never stopped the team from stepping up to provide him every care and comfort, and exhausting all treatment options. If you’ve been following his journey, you know the effort has been intense, guided by collaboration between our giraffe experts and animal professionals from all over the country.
The baby giraffe’s death is impacting the zoo team, as well as Julius’ many fans – the zoo wrote:
This type of decision is one of the hardest parts of a Zoo team member’s job and a blanket of grief lays over the entire Zoo family as you read this. The support of #TeamJulius on this journey has been a true inspiration and we are comforted knowing Julius’ memory will live on with you.
Read more about Julius and the zoo staff’s efforts to keep him alive, here.
Rest in peace little one.
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