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LR Zoo: Giraffe dies after fight with another giraffe

By David Harten

This article was published December 30, 2013 at 4:10 p.m.

Joseph Darcangelo feeds and inspects giraffes Jigsaw (right lower) and Mesi (top) at the Little Rock Zoo on Aug. 12, 2008.

A fight between two giraffes at the Little Rock Zoo has resulted in the death of one.

Jigsaw, a 13-year-old giraffe that has been at the zoo since his birth in 2000, died as a result of injuries he suffered following an altercation with fellow giraffe Mesi, zoo officials said in a statement Monday.

Zookeepers found Jigsaw lying with his head down on Sunday morning on the zoo grounds. He died a short time later, according to the news release.

An initial investigation showed that Mesi was able to open “a large, metal dividing gate” that separated the two animals on Saturday evening. After gaining access to Jigsaw’s pen, Mesi sparred with Jigsaw until Jigsaw fell, the news release states.

The incident has prompted zoo officials to take added measures that will ensure the safety of the park’s giraffes by improving the gate.

Mesi, who has been at the zoo since 2006, was not significantly injured in the fight and will continue to stay at the zoo, the release adds. Jigsaw’s body was transported to the Arkansas Livestock and Poultry Commission State Laboratory for a necropsy.

Read Tuesday's Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for more details.

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tucson2 says... December 30, 2013 at 5:07 p.m.

Sad that. in a way, human error was a contributing factor in the death of Jigsaw. As horrible as it is, parents could take this opportunity to point out to their children that the life of animals, in general, is not like that seen in a petting zoo.

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Nm9000 says... December 30, 2013 at 5:38 p.m.

Welcome to Little Rock folks--- where even the giraffes murder one another

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DontDrinkDatKoolAid says... December 30, 2013 at 6:55 p.m.

Time served?

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Dontsufferfools says... December 30, 2013 at 6:59 p.m.

Nature, Red of tooth and claw (Tennyson)

Are God and Nature then at strife,
That Nature lends such evil dreams?
So careful of the type she seems,
So careless of the single life;
That I, considering everywhere
Her secret meaning in her deeds,
And finding that of fifty seeds
She often brings but one to bear,
I falter where I firmly trod,
And falling with my weight of cares
Upon the great world's altar-stairs
That slope thro' darkness up to God,
I stretch lame hands of faith, and grope,
And gather dust and chaff, and call
To what I feel is Lord of all,
And faintly trust the larger hope.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... December 30, 2013 at 9:36 p.m.

One prisoner murdering another due to jailer neglect does not strike me as wholly natural.

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TuckerMax says... December 31, 2013 at 6:39 a.m.

What is the giraffe community doing about this giraffe and giraffe crime?

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dumblikeme says... December 31, 2013 at 8:33 a.m.

I for one will knock down a few long necks tonight in honor of Jigsaw.

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bjahc06301511 says... December 31, 2013 at 11:36 a.m.

As a former board member of the Little Rock Zoo I know too well the frustrations of trying to keep caged animals happy. The confinement leads to many psychological problems for all of the animals. I often wonder if the educational aspect of zoos in general is worth the wear and tear on the animals. The Zookeepers do a great job but they cannot make up for the damage of confinement both mentally and physically upon the animals. There are very few gates that can withstand the furor of an adult male giraffe. It is sad for all concerned.

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HotSpringsLawyer says... December 31, 2013 at 11:50 a.m.

If only Jigsaw had his concealed carry permit.

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SRBROTHERINLAW says... December 31, 2013 at 12:18 p.m.

This is what happens when you confine two different political parties in the same arena

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