Second giraffe dies at Baltimore zoo this year

Second giraffe dies at Baltimore zoo this year

A second giraffe at the Maryland Zoo has died, officials there said Wednesday.

The 5-year-old female named Juma died overnight at the Baltimore zoo. Officials blamed an as-yet undetermined illness.

“This has been a year of ups and downs with our giraffe herd,” said Donald P. Hutchinson, president and CEO of the zoo.

A male calf named Julius was euthanized in July after zoo staff determined he was not improving from health problems he had suffered since birth. A necropsy revealed lesions on the left side of his brain that caused nerve damage that crippled his tongue and prevented him from suckling.

Juma began experiencing gastro-intestinal problems earlier this...