He's just 25 days old but already "Yao" the giraffe calf at the Houston Zoo is in the fight of his life.
Yao, a Masai giraffe is suffering from a life threatening Bone Infection. Houston Zoo veterinarians assisted by a Houston equine orthopedic specialist are treating "Yao".
The condition was spotted a week after Yao's birth when keepers noticed he was favoring his rear left leg. Yao and his mother Neema were kept in a separate stall for observation. X-rays were done and came back negative.
This past weekend keepers noticed Yao limping on his front leg, that's when specialists were called in.
Dr. Wyatt Winchell of Brazos Valley Equine Hospital determined Yao had developed a bone infection in his right shoulder and began an aggressive treatment, including stronger antibiotics.
Yao and his mother are currently being kept inside a special barn where he can get round the clock care.
Houston Zoo Director Rick Barongi issued the following statement: " Yao has quite an uphill battle ahead of him. We ask that everyone Please keep Yao in their thoughts and prayers,"
Sixteen Masai giraffe's have been born at the Houston Zoo over the past 12 years.