Fifteen Year Resident Of The Houston Zoo Dies

A giraffe that spend the past 15 years at the Houston Zoo has been euthanized after attempts to fix a troublesome hoof were unsuccessful.

Kiva, a 16-year-old Masai giraffe, arrived from Los Angeles in 1997 and quickly became one of the Houston Zoo’s most popular attractions. He fathered 10 calves and five of them are still part of the zoo’s giraffe herd.

Kiva was being treated for an orthopedic condition that made it painful for him to stand or walk.