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Seneca Park Zoo’s Parker caught in enclosure gate

Parker, the male giraffe, wanders around his exhibit June 2, 2022 at Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester, NY.
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ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A New York zoo’s only adult male Masai giraffe died after getting stuck in the support structure of a giraffe enclosure gate, the zoo announced.

In a statement released Monday, officials at the Seneca Park Zoo in Rochester said 6-year-old Parker was unresponsive when found in the gate structure Sunday. Zoo veterinary staff were summoned immediately but were unable to save him.

“The possibility of this kind of event happening was unforeseen and unprecedented,” Steve Lacy, zoo superintendent, said in the statement. “The gate structure, installed in 2018, is a standard giraffe enclosure feature and is used in a number of accredited zoos around the country.”

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