Maryland Zoo Baby Giraffe in Intensive Care Unit

WASHINGTON — A Maryland Zoo giraffe is currently in an intensive care unit after veterinarians found a change in the giraffe’s blood work.

Julius, the male giraffe calf, has encountered health problems since his June 15 birth at the Maryland Zoo. The giraffe received a plasma transfusion from another giraffe in Ohio’s Columbus Zoo and Aquarium only days after he was born.

Maryland Zoo officials said in a statement that Julius was lacking adequate nutrition because he was not nursing. Though zookeepers gave the calf supplements, Julius was still not getting enough antibodies.

Zoo veterinarians have been working on stabilizing the giraffe and getting him to feed from a bottle.

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