Giraffe in surgery in the US for terminal defect

2014-04-08 19:12
A baby giraffe born at Como Zoo in St Paul has made her public debut. (Jeff Wheeler, The Star Tribune, AP)

A baby giraffe born at Como Zoo in St Paul has made her public debut. (Jeff Wheeler, The Star Tribune, AP)

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Oklahoma City - Oklahoma City Zoo officials say a 6-month-old female giraffe with a potentially terminal heart defect is headed into surgery.

Kyah has an extra blood vessel wrapped around her esophagus - a symptom of a congenital heart defect - that prevents her from holding down much of what she eats.

The surgery is taking place on Tuesday at Oklahoma State University's Centre for Veterinary Health Sciences. Zoo veterinarian Dr Gretchen Cole says Kyah has a 50% chance of survival after the surgery, but without it she has none.

Cole says she believes Kyah is the first giraffe to undergo the procedure. If the surgery is a success, Kyah could be back on her feet within two weeks.

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