In April, the giraffe caused a sensation on the Internet. The giraffe was born nearly four years ago, when her residence Animal Adventure Park announced that the giraffe had died on Friday, when millions of people watched the giraffe through a live broadcast and helped educate the public about her species.
The park said that in April, after the arthritis continued to worsen, the euthanized vet was euthanized. The park said on Facebook that he gave birth to five calves in his lifetime in April and died at the age of 20.
The average life span of captive giraffes is 20 to 25 years; their life span in the wild is about 1
On April 15, 2017, which attracted more than 16 million viewers in April, the Animal Park broadcasted her birth, Tajiri, her youngest boy, on YouTube. When checking the pregnancy in April, the park had already attracted viewers for several months, and the staff started live broadcasting from the winter.
A large online dedicated event in April drew attention to the park and the rural community of Harpursville, New York, about 185 miles northwest of New York City. The park has about 2,300 animal species, including crocodiles, bison, camels and wolves.
The birth of Tajiri has also attracted attention to the species, and some experts say that the species needs to be protected.
The owner of the park, Jordan Patch, said on Facebook: “The impact of April on animal protection and appreciation is immeasurable and lasting.” “April changed in her own special way. world.”
Tanya Sanerib, the international legal director of the Center for Biodiversity, which is committed to protecting land and animals, said that before pregnancy in April, many people did not realize that there are more elephants in Africa than giraffes. According to the Giraffe Conservation Foundation, there are approximately 111,000 giraffes in Africa.
Focusing on April is the American Humanitarian Association, the International Humanitarian Association and other organizations, which are trying to strengthen the protection of giraffes.
According to a report by the American Humanitarian Association, the Conservation and Animal Protection Organization filed a letter of intent to sue the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in October for “failure to consider endangered species protection measures for the endangered African giraffe population.” keep it up. .
Wildlife experts worry about the continued decline of this species. In the United States, there is a demand for giraffe bones, which are used as handles on guns or knives.
Ms. Sanerib said: “We may be part of the problem.” “We are driving demand for the species and leading to its extinction.”
Ms. Sanerib said that although it may take some time for experts to see an increase in the giraffe population, the public’s willingness to educate the species can be used to gauge the impact in April.
Giraffe products are currently under the supervision of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES). CITES is an international treaty designed to prevent animals from becoming extinct due to international trade. Although trading is still allowed, countries must take steps to ensure that the market does not adversely affect the giraffe population.
Ms. Sanerib said on Saturday: “By increasing the silent extinction of giraffes, she has made a great contribution to the species.” Ms. Sanerib said, calling April a “champion” of giraffes.
Ms. Sanerib said that some imprisoned animals, such as April, are known to have arthritis. The park’s veterinary team said that staff at the Animal Adventure Park began reporting changes in travel in April last summer. The veterinarian noticed the onset of osteoarthritis and started treatment for April with various therapies, including painkillers, hoof repairs and diet changes, and installed a cushioned floor for her.
Over time, they noticed a decline in mobility in April, prompting them to reassess her condition and leading to “determining that euthanasia is a humane and appropriate mode of action,” Park said.
Her body was taken to Cornell University’s School of Veterinary Medicine, where it will be examined. She will be cremated and her ashes will be returned to the park.
Mr. Paige said: “In our communities, across the country and around the world, we will feel the loss of animals that are loved like her.”