A MALE giraffe from Chester Zoo has died.
Doto, a 13-year-old male Rothschild giraffe, died at the Upton zoo on Thursday, January 17.
A spokesman from the zoo said: “It is with great sadness we have to tell you of the death of our magnificent male giraffe Doto.
“Doto was being treated for a virus after falling ill.
“Both the giraffe and veterinary teams have worked tirelessly to help him.
“Doto, who was 13, had only been at the zoo since June last year after arriving from Longleat.
“We will be carrying out a post-mortem examination to determine the cause of Doto’s death.
“The rest of the giraffe herd are well.”
Tim Rowlands, curator of mammals, said: “Since his arrival Doto had proved to be a great addition to the herd so everyone is naturally very saddened by this turn of events.
“Doto had been treated with antibiotics but unfortunately all efforts to help him proved to be in vain.”