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Necropsy To Be Conducted On Dallas Zoo Giraffe 'Witten' That Died Under Anesthesia During Physical Exam

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) - The Dallas Zoo is conducting a necropsy to try to learn more about the death of its 1-year-old giraffe, Witten.

Witten died Monday while under anesthesia during a physical exam.  He stopped breathing.

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Witten has integrated very well into his herd, becoming fast friends with everyone, including his keepers who he loves to follow around (especially if they have treats. (credit: Dallas Zoo)

The zoo said veterinarians tried to resuscitate him but were unable to.

Witten was getting prepared to move to a zoo in Canada, as part of a breeding recommendation from the Association of Zoos and Aquariums.

Witten was named after Dallas Cowboys legendary tight end Jason Witten shortly after he announced his retirement from the NFL.

Jason Witten has since returned to play for the Cowboys.

 

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