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8-Year-Old Giraffe Anuli Dies Unexpectedly At Maryland Zoo

BALTIMORE (WJZ) -- Anuli, an eight-year-old giraffe at the Maryland Zoo, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, the zoo announced.

The zoo said a staff member saw the giraffe trying to lay down awkwardly. Zoo staff responded within 20 minutes but Anuli had already died.

"We are stunned by this sudden loss," Kirby Fowler, president & CEO of the Maryland Zoo, said in a statement. "Anuli was an integral part of the giraffe herd, and has been a favorite of staff and visitors alike since she arrived here in 2013."

A necropsy will determine the cause of Anuli's death, though zoo officials said the results may take several months. Anuli had been being treated for a medical condition that may have played a role in her death.

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