Burreaux, the 20-month-old giraffe named after Cincinnati Bengals quarterback and former LSU standout Joe Burrow, died Wednesday after developing a sudden onset of symptoms - including severe cough and overall agitation - a day earlier, Baton Rouge Zoo officials confirmed in a release Thursday.
From the zoo via Twitter:
"The Zoo's veterinary staff took immediate measures to help, including swiftly administering medications to stabilize," the release said. "As well, he underwent constant staff evaluation to optimize his chances of recovery. The Zoo's team reached out to numerous zoological veterinarians throughout the nation - none of which had experienced a giraffe with comparable symptoms."
The zoo named its giraffe after Burrow in Feb. 2020 as a result of a fundraiser. Burrow spelled his name Burreaux on the back of his jersey for Senior Night at LSU in 2019.
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