DALLAS, TEXAS – A 14-year-old giraffe named Jesse died at the Dallas Zoo last Friday, making this the third giraffe to die at the zoo the past month. Earlier in October, two giraffes at the Dallas Zoo died within a week of each other. Suspiciously, this comes just months after the zoo confirmed they would be vaccinating ‘some animals’ against COVID-19. Fourteen-year-old Jesse died on October 29th, two days after suddenly becoming ill, while 19-year-old Auggie died from liver failure sometime around October 25th. On October 3rd, the zoo also euthanized three-month-old giraffe calf Marekani after she was injured.
While the article only mentions primates, large cats, wolves and foxes, there is precedent for giraffes being vaccinated at other zoos across the world. Indeed, a newborn giraffe in the UK was named Margaret in honor of Margaret Keenan, a granny from Northern Ireland who was the first person to be injected with the Pfizer/BioNTech vaccine in December 2020.
According to CBS DFW, both adult giraffes had abnormal liver enzymes, suggesting possible exposure to a “toxin” of some sort, either through a food source, from the exhibit space, or introduced via a foreign object. Zoo officials have said they suspect the deaths may be connected, but the link is as-yet unproven. Extensive tissue testing is underway, including testing for encephalomyocarditis.
Harrison Edell, Dallas Zoo Chief Mission Officer and Executive Vice President of Animal Care and Conservation told FOX 4 that zoo officials are primarily considering dietary sources, including plants in the animal’s habitat as the culprit.
A series of deaths taking place within a short timeframe, from what appears to be an unknown toxin, is a rare phenomenon. Edell states that he has contacted other zoos to ask for assistance looking into the matter, but the death of two giraffes from unknown causes is particularly unusual; Other zoos have not been able to provide much help or insight into the occurrence and claims ‘every possibility’ is being looked into.
According to a report from 5 NBC Dallas Fort Worth, Dallas Zoo stated that they were preparing to vaccinate ‘great apes, and carnivores’ who were shown by research to be susceptible to COVID-19, despite no actual cases among any of the animals.
While there are no specific reports on Dallas Zoo vaccinating their giraffes, Newsweek reported that Cincinnati Zoo began administering vaccines to “big cats, great apes (gorillas, bonobos, orangutans), red pandas, goats, giraffe, river otters, skunks, bearcats and domestic dogs and cats” on the 20th of October. The brand of vaccine and the dosage used were not specified.
The sudden mysterious deaths of the two giraffes in Dallas could be an ominous sign of things to come, given the wide variety of animals given COVID-19 vaccines designed for humans.
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