Very sad. Gemina was awesome.
SANTA BARBARA, Calif.—Santa Barbara Zoo's crooked-necked giraffe Sweet Gemina has died at 21.
The giraffe, popular with visitors because of crooked-neck abnormality, was euthanized by zoo officials because of declining health, most notably a lack of appetite.
Results of a necropsy won't be available for weeks, but zoo officials say they don't believe her ailing health was a result of her neck condition.
Gemina was born in 1986 at the San Diego Wild Animal Park to Ginger and Black Jack, both of them Barring giraffes. Gemina arrived at the Santa Barbara Zoo a year later.
Her crooked neck began appearing around the age of 3. The cause of the abnormality wasn't known.