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Aspiration cause of death for giraffe

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LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (KNOE 8 News/AP) - Preliminary necropsy results show that a giraffe that died at the Little Rock Zoo last year aspirated to death after it was attacked by another giraffe.

Zoo officials say 13-year-old Jigsaw died from aspiration pneumonia - or an inflammation of the lungs caused by inhaling and then choking on fluids or food. Jigsaw died Dec. 29 after getting into a fight with another giraffe, an 8-year-old named Mesi.

The zoo says Mesi broke through a large metal dividing gate and sparred with Jigsaw until the older giraffe fell.

Zoo spokeswoman Susan Altrui said that Jigsaw's death was a direct result of the altercation with Mesi. Altrui says Jigsaw fell to the ground and could not get up, causing the aspiration.

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