RISING SUN, Md. (WJZ) — Jimmie the giraffe has died in hospice at 26-years-old, the Plumpton Park Zoo announced Thursday.
By all existing records, Jimmie was the oldest male giraffe in the world at the time of his passing, according to the zoo in Cecil County. He was reportedly the sixth oldest male giraffe ever known.READ MORE: Maryland Dept. Of Health Website Operational After Cyberattack
Jimmie, who has battled a hoof problem for the last 11 years, entered hospice care last month.READ MORE: Pending Regulatory Approval, Sportsbook At Horseshoe Casino Could Open Friday
The zoo said Jimmie’s team of veterinarians all concluded it was time to end the giraffe’s increasing discomfort. He was humanely euthanized Thursday morning.MORE NEWS: Man Accused Of Killing Evelyn Player Was Working In Her Church, Attorney Says; Will Plead Not Criminally Responsible
The zoo started a fundraiser to find a mate for Annabelle, the now lone giraffe at the zoo.