Clovis zoo giraffe euthanized after 4-month stay

CLOVIS, N.M. (AP) - Clovis city officials say a giraffe the city bought from an Ohio company has been euthanized at the Hillcrest Park Zoo.

Parks and Recreation Director Bill Bizzell confirmed the giraffe's death Saturday to the Clovis News Journal. The animal, named Jay, had been at the zoo for about four months.

City Manager Joe Thomas says Jay was found down in his pen and veterinarians were consulted before a decision was made to euthanize him.

He says he didn't know if Jay's condition was related to the weather, which dipped to freezing temperatures this week.

The newspaper reports Jay was bought for $30,500 from International Animal Exchange Inc., with the Citizen's Bank of Clovis donating $15,000 and rest covered by the city. He was purchased to breed with a female giraffe at the zoo.

Information from: Clovis News Journal, http://www.cnjonline.com