Sad death of Folly Farm giraffe announced
6:53pm Monday 21st October 2013 in News
The death of a 14-year-old giraffe is being mourned at Folly Farm.
Rafiki, who was one of the Pembrokeshire attraction's original five giraffes in 2009, passed away on Sunday.
Rothschild hybrid Rafiki first showed signs of being unwell on Friday, having gone off his food.
Vets were immediately called, but despite treatment, his condition worsened over the weekend.
A post-mortem revealed the cause of his death was peritonitis as a result of bladder stones.
Folly Farm's managing director, Chris Ebsworth, announced Rafiki's death with 'great sadness' .He added: "Rafiki was a real character within our herd, and had been with us since our giraffe enclosure opened in 2009.
"He will be greatly missed by our visitors and all of the Folly Farm family.
"Our thoughts are with the giraffe keepers and the rest of the zoo team, who cared for him on a daily basis, and for whom his loss is most greatly felt."
In 2009, two other giraffes at Folly Farm also died, six months after their arrival at the zoo. Their deaths were from natural causes and unrelated.