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Louisville Zoo says goodbye to 21-year-old giraffe

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Walker the giraffe (Zoo photo). Walker the giraffe (Zoo photo).

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A 21-year-old Masai giraffe at the Louisville Zoo died Tuesday, according to an announcement. Officials say Walker had been experiencing diminishing mobility, which they say is indicative of multi-joint degenerative arthritis.

The giraffe's quality of life was in a steep decline and, with no signs of improvement, the Zoo decided to euthanize Walker.

"The Zoo's Veterinary staff and keepers monitor animals closely," says Louisville Zoo Director John Walczak. "These decisions are always made with heavy hearts. Walker was a great ambassador for his species and will be greatly missed."

"Walker's comfort level was foremost in our minds when making this tough decision," adds Louisville Zoo Veterinarian Dr. Zoli Gyimesi. "His mobility was the biggest factor."

Walker was one of four giraffes in the Zoo's in the exhibit. Walker is survived by 4-year-old Oliver, 2-year-old Silvester (Walker's offspring) and 17-year-old Malaika. They are all Masai giraffes.

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