Beloved giraffe Nairobi was euthanized at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom after living a long life in the amusement park, representatives said Wednesday.
Park officials said the 25-year-old giraffe's quality of life had diminished greatly due to her advanced age. She died Tuesday after outliving nearly 90 percent of other female giraffes in her subspecies under human care, which typically live in their late teens or early 20s.
Standing 18 feet tall, the 1,600-pound animal was a favorite among staff and guests, park president Don McCoy said.
"Her elegance and stately manner, coupled with her quiet demeanor made her a great ambassador of her species," McCoy said in a statement. "She will be sorely missed by everyone here."
Nairobi was a reticulated giraffe, the most commonly known of the nine subspecies of giraffe. The species is characterized by the unique mosaic patterns of their fur, park representatives said.
As with all giraffe species, park officials said reticulated giraffe are considered endangered because of poaching and increased human encroachment.
Nairobi was born in the park and bore no offspring. Park representatives said she would be remembered as the most independent and largest of her herd, which included two other females and a male, and was fond of green onions and leafy vegetation.Wed, 22 Oct 2014 21:07:32 -0700
A weak system approaches the Bay Area Thursday! High clouds will continue to move into the region. Shower chances will be focused up in the North Bay. The chances really drop off as you head south of the Golden Gate. Afternoon highs should range from the upper 60s to the mid 70s.
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Dry weather returns Friday. We are tracking another system that could produce Saturday showers.Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:45:45 -0700
A San Francisco Superior Court judge set bail at $3 million a piece Wednesday for two San Francisco brothers arrested Sunday in connection with the stabbing death of a man last month in the Mission District.
Luis Gutierrez, 21, and Javier Gutierrez, 26, appeared together in court this afternoon.
The two brothers were arrested Sunday on suspicion of murder, police said.
The two brothers allegedly stabbed 20-year-old Ronnie Goodman to death on the corner of Capp and 24th streets, about a block from the 24th Street BART station, at 11:49 p.m. on Sept. 9, police said.
Goodman was taken to San Francisco General Hospital, where he died from his wounds, police said.
Both brothers are facing charges of murder, torture, assault with a deadly weapon and use of a deadly weapon, according to Max Szabo, a spokesman for the San Francisco District Attorney's Office.
Javier Gutierrez is additionally charged with assault with a less-lethal weapon, and assault with force likely to cause great bodily injury, according to Szabo.
Police released video footage from a surveillance camera showing two males running down a graffiti-covered street after the stabbing, and received numerous calls from the public, police said.
Judge Tracie Brown set bail at $3 million each after stating that the brothers are suspected of a "willful and deliberate" attack on the victim.
The two brothers are scheduled to enter a plea on Friday at 9 a.m., according to Brown.Wed, 22 Oct 2014 19:09:07 -0700 News Source: MedleyStory More Local News Stories