BALTIMORE (WJZ) — Anuli, an eight-year-old giraffe at the Maryland Zoo, died unexpectedly on Wednesday, the zoo announced.

The zoo said a staff member saw the giraffe trying to lay down awkwardly. Zoo staff responded within 20 minutes but Anuli had already died.

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“We are stunned by this sudden loss,” Kirby Fowler, president & CEO of the Maryland Zoo, said in a statement. “Anuli was an integral part of the giraffe herd, and has been a favorite of staff and visitors alike since she arrived here in 2013.”

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A necropsy will determine the cause of Anuli’s death, though zoo officials said the results may take several months. Anuli had been being treated for a medical condition that may have played a role in her death.

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CBS Baltimore Staff