Giraffe born at Dallas Zoo in April dies after breaking neck

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A giraffe calf whose April birth drew worldwide attention has died, according to officials with the Dallas Zoo.

Three-month-old Kipenzi broke her neck Tuesday night while she and the other giraffes were being herded inside for the night.

She was being playful as usual and ran into the perimeter edge of the habitat.

“She was out running around with her big brother in the yard. She was injured very badly and passed on very quickly thereafter,” said Harrison Edell, a senior director at the zoo.

The zoo said that afterward the baby giraffe's mother, Katie, was able to say goodbye before veterinarians removed her body.

“It’s never easy to lose an animal at the zoo, but it’s particularly difficult when it’s an unexpected death,” Edell said.

"To be honest, it hurts terribly. We're crushed, and everyone here is mourning. Please keep our staff in your thoughts,” added Gregg Hudson, CEO of the Dallas Zoo.

Thousands watched a livestream of Kipenzi's birth online. Fans even picked her name -- Kipenzi means "loved one" in Swahili.

There are still 12 giraffes at the Dallas Zoo.