Kyah, a 6-month-old female giraffe born at the Oklahoma City Zoo on September 26, 2013, died April 8, 2014, when attempts were unsuccessful to repair what Zoo animal care staff and a team of veterinarians at Oklahoma State University believed was a persistent right aortic arch (PRAA). The PRAA is an abnormal blood vessel coming from the heart that constricts the esophagus, preventing solid food from passing from her mouth to her stomach.
"The Zoo family is grateful to our colleagues at OSU's Veterinary Medical Hospital for their expertise and hard work," said Dr. D'Agostino. "We knew going into this procedure that Kyah's chances were extremely low and we felt we gave her every chance possible to thrive. Collaborations such as these also allow us to learn more about the species in our care."
If you would like to share your memories of Kyah, please visit the Zoo's Facebook fan page at www.facebook.com/okczoobg.
Photos of 6-month-old Kyah courtesy of Steve Gooch. Photo of Kyah with mom, Ellie, courtesy of Jaimee Flinchbaugh.