Male giraffe ‘Joy’ died of heart stroke

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Bhubaneswar: Preliminary investigation suggests that ‘Joy’, the male giraffe brought to the Nandankanan zoo from the Alipore zoo in Kolkata on February 24, died this morning of heart stroke, said sources in the expert team formed to probe the death on Monday.

Symptoms of jaundice and anaemia were also found in the body of ‘Joy’. For a further investigation, the samples have been collected, the sources added.

Post mortem of the male giraffe has been concluded, the sources added.

Notably, ‘Joy’, who was brought from the Alipore Zoo five days ago for mating with the lone female giraffe in Nandankanan ‘Khusi’, died at its enclosure in the city zoo today.

Five-year old ‘Joy’, which took birth at the Alipore zoo, was brought here under the supervision of an eight-member expert team headed by Assistant director of Nandankanan Dr Kamal Lochan Purohit.

‘Joy’ had arrived in Nanndankanan zoological park from Kolkata-based Alipore zoo on February 24 under the animal exchange programme. The State zoo had swapped four of its tigers to get the long-necked animal.

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