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Lincoln Park Zoo's Sabrena The Giraffe Dies At 28

By Tanveer Ali | July 13, 2017 10:30am | Updated on July 14, 2017 10:52am

CHICAGO — Sabrena, a 28-year-old giraffe, died Tuesday at Lincoln Park Zoo.

Born at the Oklahoma City Zoo, Sabrena spent all but four years of her life in Lincoln Park.

The zoo's staff euthanized Sabrena Tuesday after spotting "increasing evidence of colic." Sabrena, who has lived long past the median life expectancy of 19.5 years of giraffes, was unresponsive to medication.

“Sabrena would frequently be seen in the exhibit space mouthing at puzzle feeders, interacting with keepers or stretching her long legs outside,” said the zoo's general curator, Dave Bernier.

“Over the years, Sabrena developed very strong, trusting bonds with keepers and enjoyed training sessions where she would receive some of her favorite food items, including kale and fresh browse such as mulberry, honey locust and willow,” Bernier added.

In December, giraffes became listed as a "vulnerable" species by the International Union for Conservation of Nature.