• Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Arizona announces death of beloved 20-year-old giraffe

    By: Bob D'Angelo, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

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    CAMPE VERDE, Ariz. -

    A beloved giraffe at an Arizona wildlife park died from complications from previous "anesthetic procedures," officials said on social media.

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    "We are deeply heartbroken to announce farewell to our beloved friend Kibo," officials with Out of Africa Wildlife Park in Campe Verde announced on Twitter. "He touched thousands over 20 years at our park."

    The 20-year-old giraffe died Tuesday, KNXV reported.

    In a Facebook post, the zoo said Kibo "had a level of wit and curiosity that surpassed any other friends with which he shared his space."

    The giraffe came to Out of Africa Wildlife Park in 1999, KNXV reported.

    "He touched our hearts and reminded us to be silly and to laugh every day, especially when he would sit down in front of the entry gates," zoo officials wrote on Facebook.

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