COLUMBUS, Ohio (WTHR) – The Columbus Zoo and Aquarium’s newest addition, a female baby giraffe named Ubumwe, has passed away Saturday.
The giraffe calf was born on October 30 and has died just 18 days later, around 8:30 a.m. Saturday.
The zoo says the cause of death is unknown at this time.
In a Facebook post, the zoo said, "The team of animal care professionals have monitored her and her mother, Zuri, around the clock since her birth. While she had previously been energetic and nursing as appropriate, her care team noted yesterday afternoon that Ubumwe’s behavior and appearance began to change."
During the early evening hours, the zoo conducted a CT scan and found Ubumwe in critical condition. Then early this morning, her condition continued to worsen and she soon passed away.
The zoo will not have more information on the cause of her death until a necropsy is conducted, and a pathology report is received.