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Baby giraffe died of a virus

August 22nd, 2014 6:00 pm by Max Hrenda, NET News Service

Baby giraffe died of a virus

Patch, the 13-day-old reticulated giraffe, that died on Wednesday. (Contributed/Bright's Zoo)

A baby giraffe born at Bright's Zoo two weeks ago died of a virus that did not show up in initial blood tests, results from a necropsy showed, the zoo's director reported today.

"They have found that he was infected with a type of virus that no matter what we would have done, we wouldn't have been able to prevent his death," David Bright said in a text message to the Johnson City Press.

Bright said the zoo's staff was still waiting on the University of Tennessee Veterinary Medical Center in Knoxville to answer more questions about Patch's death.

"Hoping can get more answers today," he wrote.

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