Giraffe dies suddenly at privately run zoo in southern Taiwan

Taipei, Sept. 23 (CNA) A male giraffe in the privately run Wanpi World Safari Zoo in Tainan died suddenly in its enclosure Sunday, but the reason for the animal's death remains a mystery, the zoo said.

A photo of the seven-year-old animal, named Hsiao Shun, lying on the ground at the zoo was posted on social media, with the person who took the photo writing that the giraffe fell to the ground suddenly and vomited before ending up motionless.

The animal was pronounced dead after being checked by the veterinarian at the zoo on duty, but the cause of death is still being investigated, the zoo said.

Hsiao Shun was the sixth offspring of a giraffe couple -- Chu Chung and Chang Hsiao -- at Taipei Zoo. It was sent to Wanpi World for mating in 2013 under a giraffe conservation cooperation program with Taipei Zoo, in the hope of increasing the diversity of genes of the giraffes in captivity.

Taipei Zoo spokesman Eric Tsao (???) said the zoo will send specialists to Tainan on Monday at the earliest to help with the autopsy to find out what caused the animal's death.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel