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Omaha zoo euthanizes giraffe, Sam, Tuesday morning

Henry Doorly Zoo

Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium says one of their male giraffes has died.

The zoo said Tuesday that Sam the giraffe was euthanized because of a degenerative joint disease that had progressed after several years of treatment.

Sam's condition was being tracked through X-rays, as well as behavioral and other indicators, the zoo says, and "concern for the animal's welfare required humane euthanasia."

The zoo now has one male and nine females at the African Grasslands habitat, including Sam's mom and daughter.

The 17-year-old giraffe was born in 2001 at the zoo.

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