Topeka A giraffe who gave birth to a deformed calf in 2006 gave birth to a calf Sunday that appears to have the same deformity.
Zoo director Brendan Wiley said the future is undecided for the female baby giraffe born about 2 p.m. Sunday at the Topeka Zoological Park. The calf was born to 25-year-old giraffe Dolly, whose last calf suffered from a congenital hoof problem and was euthanized.
Wiley told The Topeka Capital-Journal that an initial exam of the new calf showed it may be dealing with the same hoof condition. He said both rear hooves have been immobilized in fiberglass casts to try to correct the condition.
He said the calf’s prognosis is guarded, and if its condition deteriorates, the zoo will have it euthanized.