Duncan the Giraffe Euthanized at Central Florida Zoo

Duncan was the tallest giraffe at the Brevard Zoo

Sunday, Nov 24, 2013  |  Updated 10:38 AM EDT
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A giraffe at a central Florida zoo has been euthanized after suffering "chronic lameness" for more than two years.

Duncan was the tallest giraffe at the Brevard Zoo. The 18-foot-tall reticulated giraffe was 11 years old.

Zoo officials tell Florida Today that Duncan's illness affected his front legs and was life-threatening. It was treated with anti-inflammatory medications and rest, but officials say Duncan's condition had become worse recently with abnormal hoof growth.

On Wednesday, Duncan collapsed after a procedure in a "restraining chute." Officials say they determined the animal was suffering from a stress-related condition that destroys muscle tissue, and that Duncan would not recover.

The giraffe was euthanized.

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