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Second giraffe at Sedgwick County Zoo dies

Staff found a cancerous mass in Lois' jaw after she fell ill for weeks.
Staff found a cancerous mass in Lois' jaw after she fell ill for weeks.(Lou Alexander | Sedgwick County Zoo)
Published: Aug. 14, 2020 at 11:59 AM CDT
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WICHITA, Kan. (KWCH) - A second giraffe at the Sedgwick County Zoo has died.

Lois, a 22-year-old reticulated giraffe, was humanely euthanized on Thursday, according to the zoo. Staff found a cancerous mass in her jaw after she fell ill for weeks.

They then determined based on her age and condition that the cancer could not be treated.

Twiga, a 26-year-old reticulated giraffe, died last month after developing chronic ailments.

The average life expectancy for giraffes in zoo populations is 19 years.

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