|Journal||South African Journal of Wildlife Research|
A female giraffe, the sixth calf born to a 16-year old cow, displayed a deformity known as extreme brachygnathia superior and died some hours after birth. Death was ascribed to inability to breathe freely and inability to suckle. Possible pre-dispositions to the occurrence of such a deformity are examined in the light of this small closed herd. In-breeding could not be implicated in this case.
Keywords: calf mortality, Rhodesia, deformity, cause of death, giraffe, brachygnathia superior
Author: C.J. Lightfoot
Journal: South African Journal of Wildlife Research