Cheyenne Mountain Zoo euthanizes baby giraffe Penny

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The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo welcomed its 200th giraffe calf Monday. Photo courtesy Cheyenne Mountain Zoo

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo announced on Facebook Monday evening that they have euthanized Penny the giraffe. 

The decision came after Penny’s care team discovered several health concerns during Penny’s procedures at the Colorado State University Veterinary Teaching Hospital in Fort Collins, Monday. 

Penny has been suffering from health problems since shortly after her birth in early June. 

“We are absolutely heartbroken, but we truly appreciate all of your support over this near two-month journey. The outpouring of love, thoughts, prayers and kind words has been unwavering and overwhelming,” read the post by the zoo staff. 

Recently, Penny had been plagued by leg issues, including a dislocated hip and constant splaying. Monday’s tests showed in addition to the abscess that had spread further into Penny’s abdomen, there were also signs that pointed to infection in the bones of at least three of her legs.

Out of respect for the keepers, the giraffe building will be closed to the public on Tuesday and Wednesday to allow them some privacy. There will be a box outside of the building for guests to leave cards for the keepers if they wish.

Penny was a few days shy of her two month birthday. 

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