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Calgary Zoo says baby giraffe born this week died overnight

A male baby giraffe stands next to his mother Emara at the Calgary Zoo (CREDIT: @calgaryzoo, Twitter)

CALGARY – The Calgary Zoo says a giraffe that was born there earlier this week has died.

In a Facebook post Saturday, the zoo says the male calf that was born last Sunday to an eight-year-old Masai giraffe named Emara passed away overnight.

The post says staff knew when he was born “so tiny” that his survival would be an “uphill battle,” but they had “high hopes that the love of his Mama and round the clock care” would be enough to help him begin to thrive.

Emara had three previous pregnancies, but two ended in miscarriages and a third produced a calf that died due to birth defects.

This time around Emara received progesterone supplements, a treatment apparently not tried on a giraffe before.

The post notes that the zoo is “heartbroken.”