Topeka Zoo Gets Okay On Care Of Aging Giraffe

TOPEKA, Kan. (WIBW) - The USDA gave the Topeka Zoo a clean bill of health in its care of an aging giraffe.

City Manager Jim Colson told council members at their meeting Tuesday night that USDA inspectors found nothing out of compliance in a March 25th visit which stemmed from a complaint about the health of the zoo's nearly 24-year-old giraffe, Jesse.

Zoo director Brendan Wiley was informed of the findings April 2 in a telephone conversation with the USDA.

In a news release a day after the visit, the city said a team of three inspectors visited the zoo to hear how staff was managing Jesse's health.

Jesse has arthritis in his rear legs, muscle atrophy in his neck and a condition that causes inflammation and tenderness in his front hooves. Zoo director Brendan Wiley said staff is giving Jesse end-of-life care. He said Jesse is receiving pain and joint medication, but remained in good spirits, with a good appetite.