Nashville Zoo giraffe calf dies after mother accidentally steps on her shortly after birth
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.
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.
“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.
Copyright 2021 WVLT. All rights reserved.