Kansas City Zoo announces giraffe birth, sea lion death

Friday, August 17, 2012 | 4:04 p.m. CDT

KANSAS CITY — A female baby giraffe is now on display at the Kansas City Zoo, which also announced the death of one of its sea lions.

The giraffe, born Aug. 4, was on display for the first time Thursday. The 145-pound, 6-foot-tall giraffe is one of the zoo's five Masai giraffes. The giraffe has not been named.

Also on Thursday, a 10-year-old male California sea lion died while under anesthesia.

Geoff Hall, the zoo's chief operations officer, said the animal's heart stopped while veterinarians were trying to determine why it had not been eating.

The Kansas City Star reports a necropsy on the 420-pound animal, named Vince, found a pulmonary disease. His death leaves the zoo with just two female sea lions.


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