The Stuttgart Wilhelma mourns its giraffe bull Hanck. The animal died of circulatory failure during treatment.
Stuttgart – the Stuttgart Wilhelma mourns the loss of her giraffe bull Hanck. The animal died of circulatory failure during treatment, the zoological-botanical garden announced on Wednesday.
“The anesthesia of a giraffe is the most delicate there is in the animal world,” said the veterinarian Tobias Knauf-Witzens.
Their extreme body shape with long legs and long necks is a challenge for giraffes.
In a bull like Hanck, the twelve-pound high-performance heart has to constantly pump the blood from hoof to head over a height difference of five meters.
For this reason the Wieland-Wagner-Höhe was renamed
Giraffes couldn’t lie down any longer without experiencing circulatory problems. “Therefore every anesthetic represents an increased risk,” it said.
The 21-year-old bull had been part of Wilhelma since April 2002. “He visibly felt at home here and had offspring seven times and thus contributed to the preservation of the reticulated giraffes,” announced the zoo.
But his hooves gave him trouble, his claws grew unevenly. “Without correction, the result would be chronic osteoarthritis. The animal would get pain, become lame and would no longer be able to live in the long term,” said Knauf-Witzens.
The reticulated giraffes Nyiri and Sala, who came from Cologne Zoo in April, still live in Wilhelma.