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Escaped giraffe tranquilized, then dies of cardiac arrest

Circus animal led police on chase through Italian town

21 September, 19:23
Escaped giraffe tranquilized, then dies of cardiac arrest

(ANSA) - Imola, September 21 - A circus giraffe who escaped onto the streets of a town near Bologna is dead after being tranquillized for re-capture Friday.

The giraffe eluded capture for several hours, running amok and damaging cars with its 920-kilogram body.

Witnesses spotted its long neck from blocks away as it galloped across the historic center of Imola, crossing busy streets in early rush-hour traffic. Police eventually cornered the animal in the fenced parking lot of a Coop grocery store and subdued it with two tranquilizers. Soon after his return to the Rinaldo Orfei Circus, the giraffe fell down dead of cardiac arrest.

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