© 2024 KGOU
Colorful collared lizard a.k.a mountain boomer basking on a sandstone boulder
News and Music for Oklahoma
Play Live Radio
Next Up:
0:00
0:00
0:00 0:00
Available On Air Stations

UPDATE: Young OKC Giraffe Dies During Risky Surgery

Zoo officials hope Kyah will be returned to her mother at the zoo soon after the surgery, and say she could be back on her feet within two weeks.
Jaimee Flinchbaugh
/
Oklahoma City Zoo

A 6-month-old female giraffe at the Oklahoma City Zoo died Tuesday during surgery to correct a terminal birth defect that affected her ability to eat.

Zoo spokeswoman Tara Henson confirmed the death to The Oklahoman's Matt Patterson:

Kyah was euthanized during surgery when it became clear the complications encountered would be too much to overcome. The hours-long operation was considered a long shot, but zoo officials and a team of veterinarians from Oklahoma State University determined it was her only chance to survive.

Veterinarians say Kyah's esophagus was restricted and she could not digest most solid foods. The zoo's associate veterinarian, Dr. Gretchen Cole, says the giraffe had chance of survival without the surgery.

Cole says she believes Kyah was the first giraffe to undergo a procedure of this nature.

Kyah's surgery took place Tuesday at Oklahoma State University's Center for Veterinary Health Sciences.

----------------------

KGOU is a community-supported news organization and relies on contributions from readers and listeners to fulfill its mission of public service to Oklahoma and beyond. Donate online, or by contacting our Membership department.

The Associated Press is one of the largest and most trusted sources of independent newsgathering, supplying a steady stream of news to its members, international subscribers and commercial customers. AP is neither privately owned nor government-funded; instead, it's a not-for-profit news cooperative owned by its American newspaper and broadcast members.
More News
Support nonprofit, public service journalism you trust. Give now.