Agnes, a critically ill giraffe who had been receiving end-of-life care at the Buffalo Zoo, died today, zoo officials announced on Twitter.
The 24-year-old giraffe had been suffering from advanced arthritis and other health issues that were not responding to treatment, the zoo said earlier this week.
Agnes was born at the Buffalo Zoo on Aug. 8, 1994, and lived her entire life at the zoo.
The zoo's giraffe exhibit was closed for the day on Thursday and the zoo expected it will reopen to the public on Friday.
Farewell, sweet Agnes. Today we said goodbye to Agnes the giraffe.
You can read more about Agnes and her life and legacy here https://t.co/AgTnMV0nc2. The Giraffe exhibit will be closed today and we anticipate it will reopen to the public tomorrow. pic.twitter.com/BrlS4G28AT
— buffalozoo (@buffalozoo) March 21, 2019