Baby giraffe at Memphis Zoo undergoes surgery days after birth

Baby giraffe at Memphis Zoo undergoes surgery days after birth
Ali, a reticulated giraffe calf, underwent surgery to repair a fractured ankle just days after being born at the Memphis Zoo.

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - One of the Memphis Zoo’s youngest residents is recovering from surgery.

Just a few days after Ali, a reticulated giraffe calf, was born this month, zoo staff diagnosed her with a fractured ankle.

Memphis Zoo giraffe Angela Kate gives birth to baby calf (Source: Memphis Zoo)

Zoo officials say the fracture happened after Ali’s mom, Angela Kate, stopped nursing. Ali was flown to Rood and Riddle Equine Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky to have two stainless steal plates and 21 bone screws placed.

All the implants were donated and they will not affect her natural growth.

Alie is back at the Memphis Zoo and recovering with antibiotics and pain medication. She is on stall rest, getting round-the-clock bottle feedings from zoo keepers.

Ali was the second of two giraffe babies born at the zoo in a matter of days this month. Kiburi was born to mom Wendy three days before Ali and is doing well with the herd.

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