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Oklahoma City Zoo giraffe euthanized during surgery

Kyah, a 6-month-old giraffe from the Oklahoma City Zoo, was facing a life-threatening birth defect. The giraffe underwent surgery Tuesday at Oklahoma State University in Stillwater.
by Matt Patterson Modified: April 8, 2014 at 8:32 pm •  Published: April 8, 2014

Collaboration with OSU

D’Agostino said Kyah’s chances of survival were low but that didn’t deter veterinarians at the zoo and at OSU from trying to give her a chance at life.

“The zoo family is grateful to our colleagues at OSU's veterinary medical hospital for their expertise and hard work,” D’Agostino said. “We knew going into this procedure that Kyah’s chances were extremely low and we felt we gave her every chance possible to thrive. Collaborations such as these also allow us to learn more about the species in our care.”

Reaction to the news of the surgery filled the zoo’s Facebook page throughout the weekend with well-wishers praying for Kyah to make a full recovery.

“We have had an incredible outpouring of care and concern and love from people around the world,” Oklahoma City Zoo media relations director Tara Henson said. “We’ve heard from colleagues at other zoos. Many have texted or called today with messages of support, and that means a lot to everyone involved in caring for her.”

by Matt Patterson
Reporter
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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We knew going into this procedure that Kyah’s chances were extremely low and we felt we gave her every chance possible to thrive. Collaborations such as these also allow us to learn more about the species in our care.”

Jennifer D’Agostino,
Oklahoma City Zoo director of veterinary services

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