The Schnecksville zoo had sadly released news about the demise a Masai giraffe named Murphy who had brought a smile to everyone’s face by its nature. He had been 20 years old when he died.  The staff  and people who love Murphy are very sad about it.

He had been taken care of  by the staff and the care team as the same as the other animals. He has had some minor illnesses related to health and has been monitored by the care team. Also had been undergoing treatments.More info & Photo courtesy: The Morning Call

The released news also said that he had not fully responded to the treatments done and sadly they had euthanized him humanely.


They had said in October 2019 that Murphy had an disease. Murphy that he could have a number of days left. Also that he had been treated for some issues in the urinary tract from January 2019 and it had been worsening. Melissa Lindenmuth, then president of the zoo at that time, had said that they wanted to be more clear to the fans of Murphy.


The giraffe had come to the zoo when he was 16 years old in 2017. It had been with a 5 year old giraffe named Tatu which had been at the zoo. Murphy’s 6 year old son Ernie also had passed in May 2017 as he had suffered from a broken neck. That had happened due to a strike by Murphy while his son was leaning to Murph’s stall. Officials had said that it’s not sure if the strike was for fun or out of anger.


He had been a representative to his species by letting other people know about how important conserving and preserving Masai giraffes is. Also he had been a good example for the little giraffes too, it had been a part of a program.


The staff has planned to watch Tatu and his behaviour closely until he adjusts the changes occurred

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