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Nashville Zoo giraffe calf dies after mother accidentally steps on her shortly after birth

Giraffe Nasha gave birth to her calf Saturday afternoon.
Giraffe Nasha gave birth to her calf Saturday afternoon.(Nashville Zoo)
Published: Jan. 16, 2021 at 5:14 PM EST|Updated: Jan. 16, 2021 at 9:53 PM EST
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WVLT) - The Nashville Zoo welcomed a new baby giraffe to it’s family Saturday, but the calf died unexpectedly shortly after being born.

Giraffe Nasha gave birth to her calf Saturday afternoon and had complications, causing the zoo to take down the live stream, where thousands of spectators were tuned in.

“There were some complications with labor and our veterinary team and keepers stepped in to assist with the birth off camera,” the zoo wrote in a Facebook post.

Posted by Nashville Zoo on Saturday, January 16, 2021

Shortly after the zoo announced the arrival of the calf, the baby died after being accidentally stepped on by her mother, according to a Facebook post.

We are heartbroken to announce that Nasha's calf died shortly after our birth announcement earlier today after the calf...

Posted by Nashville Zoo on Saturday, January 16, 2021

“Our animal care team quickly intervened but were unsuccessful at saving the calf. An initial necropsy showed trauma to the neck but further testing will follow to determine if there were any underlying causes for the newborn’s death,” the post read.

The zoo had not yet released the name of the calf.

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