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.
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.