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Giraffe Injured at Zoo Miami Fleeing Amorous Advances

Feb 6, 2013

Melissa Caceres

A female giraffe at Zoo Miami took a nasty tumble Sunday afternoon fleeing the unwanted advances of a suitor.

The accident played out within view of patrons watching the animals in the public feeding area.

Zoo officials said Kita, one of six giraffes at the zoo, tried to avoid the unidentified suitor and ran into a rocky area to get away, but fell down. The 29-year-old female was then unable to pick herself back up.

"She got caught up in the rocks and went down in a bad position," said Ron Magill, Zoo Miami spokesman.

Some patrons thought Kita, who is 15-feet tall and weighs 1,500 pounds, had broken one her thin legs in the fall.

Magil said it took nearly a dozen staff members to lift the giraffe, as concerned patrons watched the rescue.

"We were able to put some straps on her to help her stand," Magill said. No bones were broken, he said.

Veterinarians will be monitoring Kita, but say they believe she did not suffer a serious injury.

"She should be fine," he said.

Back in June, Kita made news when she gave birth to a male calf named Titan, the 46th giraffe born at the Zoo Miami.



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