Brachygnathia Superior in a New-Born Giraffe Giraffa Camelopardalis Giraffa Schreber

A female giraffe, the sixth calf born to a 16-year old cow, displayed a deformity known as extreme brachygnathia superior and died some hours after birth. Death was ascribed to inability to breathe freely and inability to suckle. Possible pre-dispositions to the occurrence of such a deformity are examined in the light of this small closed herd. In-breeding could not be implicated in this case.

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