Female giraffe killed in accident at NC Zoo

Jamili in a Twitter photo from the NC Zoo.

ASHEBORO, N.C. (WNCN) — A female giraffe, who recently became a grandmother and had been with the NC Zoo for eight years, died early Tuesday morning, zoo officials said.

Jamili, a 9-year-old giraffe, was found unresponsive in her behind-the-scenes living quarters at the North Carolina Zoo’s giraffe habitat, officials said.

Jamili died after she accidentally became entangled in an “engagement item” used with the giraffe herd.

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“This enrichment item, and others like it, had been used for many years with our giraffe herd without incident,” officials said in a news release.

Jamili was born May 30, 2008 at Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colorado. She came to the North Carolina Zoo in March 2009.

She gave birth to a female in July 2012 at the NC Zoo. That giraffe, Juma, just last month gave birth to a female giraffe at the Maryland Zoo.

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