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article imageEndangered giraffe killed in freak Spanish road accident

By Anne Sewell     Oct 21, 2013 in World
Valencia - A 2-year-old female giraffe named Jerezana, was en route from Jerez de la Frontera to the Bioparc de Valencia, when a truck crashed into the convoy transporting the animal. She was severely injured in the accident and later had to be put to sleep.
Jerezana was a baringo giraffe (also known as a Rothschild's giraffe) born in the Zoobotánico de Jerez on May 2nd, 2011. It was decided to move her to the Bioparc in Valencia to join her sister, Bulería and to mate with a male giraffe of the same endangered sub-species from Uganda.
On her way to Valencia, the road accident regrettably occurred at 12:30am.
Reporteros Jerez (in Spanish) reported that Jerezana received immediate medical attention from a veterinarian traveling with the convoy. However, her injuries were severe.
Experts used a crane to lift the trailer and the road trip resumed, arriving at the Bioparc de Valencia at around 8am.
According to ABC (Spanish language), a team of veterinarians were awaiting Jerezana's arrival, however it was decided to put the giraffe to sleep.
Reportedly she was suffering from fractures to her jaws as well as a loss in bone tissue. An injury of this nature makes it impossible to fully recover the functionality of the jaw and thus the animal's ability to feed itself.
Unfortunately the plan to breed more of an endangered species was sadly cut short by the death of Jerezana.
The video below shows her sister, Bulería, being transported to the Bioparc de Valencia:
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