Azizi, the 1-1/2-year-old calf of famed April the Giraffe, has died

Haven Orecchio-Egresitz
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FILE PHOTO: April helps her newly born unamed baby giraffe stand at the Animal Adventure Park, in Harpursville, New York, U.S. April 15, 2017.  Animal Adventure Park/Handout via REUTERS/File Photo
April helps her newly born baby giraffe stand at the Animal Adventure Park, in Harpursville, New York. Thomson Reuters
  • Azizi, the youngest calf to the famed April the giraffe, died Tuesday at its home in Texas.

  • The calf, which was born in March 2019, had a twisted gut at the time of his death, the East Texas Zoo and Gator Park said.

  • His mother, April, became internet famous in 2019 when more than a million people tuned into the birth of Azizi's older brother, Tajiri.

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The East Texas Zoo and Gator Park is mourning the loss of Azizi, the 1-1/2-year-old calf of the internet famous April the Giraffe.

Azizi died unexpectedly on Tuesday and a post-mortem exam showed he had a twisted gut around his cranial mesenteric artery, the zoo said in a statement.

"Azizi, who was born in March of 2019, had recently received treatment for a parasitic issue," the zoo wrote. "The veterinary prescribed regimen of treatments appeared to be working, and Azizi was showing signs of improvement. However, on Tuesday, Azizi was down, and passed during a veterinary examination."

Azizi, born in March 2019, was the fifth and youngest calf of April the giraffe from the Animal Adventure Park in New York.

April became famous in 2017 when more than 1 million people tuned in to watch the livestream of the birth of her son, Tajiri.

"Azizi was the most recent, and last, calf of April the Giraffe. We know that Azizi's passing could not have been predicted nor prevented," the Animal Adventure Park posted on Facebook. "His loss is absolutely devastating to our team, and he will be loved, missed, and cherished by the global Animal Adventure Park community."

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