Giraffe subjected to hoodlum attack dies
This May 15, 2012 file photo shows six-year-old male giraffe Tofik left alone at the zoo in Lodz, after his two female partners died in a matter of two days in what zoo officials say was a stress reaction to a hooligan attack. (AP Photo/Marian Zubrzycki, File)
The Associated Press
Published Monday, October 8, 2012 8:14AM EDT
WARSAW, Poland -- Zoo officials in Poland say that Tofik, a male giraffe who won attention after being attacked by hoodlums last spring, has died during surgery for digestive problems.
Veterinarian Magdalena Janiszewska says that Tofik died on the operating table Sunday. An autopsy was planned for Monday.
The loss is particularly poignant for the zoo in Lodz, 75 miles (120 kilometres) west of Warsaw. Two female giraffes that were with Tofik in his enclosure during the May attack died of complications because of the stress.
The giraffe earned an outpouring of sympathy in in Poland after hooligans tossed garbage cans and benches near the animals -- frightening the normally skittish creatures.
Zoo officials brought in three other giraffes to mate with Tofik and keep him company, hoping that it would help his recovery.