Malindi, the Sacramento Zoo's oldest Grevy's Zebra, was humanely euthanized Monday.
She had several medical conditions and was being monitored and treated for abnormal stone formation within her GI track and dental disease, according to the Sacramento Zoo.
The zebra was found unresponsive Monday morning and was transported to a veterniary hospital. The veterinary team found her to have very low blood sugar, evidence of inflammation and an abnormal neurologic status that did not improve with intensive care efforts and correction of her low blood sugar.
Veterinarians and zookeepers made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize Malindi based on her advanced age, diagnostic results and overall poor prognosis.
“As a zoo that is committed to housing geriatric, non-reproductive females for the remainder of their lives, this is sad for all of us, but is not unexpected,” says Leslie Field, the zoo's Supervisor of Mammals. “Many of the zebra that arrive at the zoo are already older; when they arrive we know the risks and the likelihood of a short time with us.”
Malindi was 25 years old.