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Greenville Zoo says giraffe delivered stillborn male calf

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Autumn the giraffe. (File/FOX Carolina) Autumn the giraffe. (File/FOX Carolina)
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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville Zoo had to share difficult news Wednesday morning with the thousands watching the pregnancy and labor of Autumn the masai giraffe.

Zoo officials said at 3:25 a.m., Autumn delivered a stillborn calf. Staff was on-hand monitoring her during the delivery as she went into labor a little before 3 a.m.

Dr. Heather Miller said at a press conference on Wednesday afternoon that the calf started coming out feet first, which is abnormal but can sometimes be OK.

After an hour and a half of labor, the calf was born without a heartbeat, Miller said.

Kicking movement and signs of life were seen in the womb as late as Tuesday.

Staff tried intubating and giving medication to the calf, but had no success, according to Miller.

She said staff found enlarged lymph nodes in the calf, which may have caused an infection, but that is undetermined at this time.

According to Miller, stillbirths are not common with giraffes, accounting for only 5 to 10 percent.

She said the calf was male and weighted between 120 to 125 pounds. The calf will be cremated, according to zoo officials.

They said Autumn is doing well but will be closely observed and kept off of exhibit for the day.

In October 2012, thousands watched the birth of Kiko, Autumn's first calf, when it was streamed online via Earthcam. Since then, the zoo has kept up the webcam, which became popular again upon news of her second pregnancy.

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