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Posted at 5:45 PM ET, 07/19/2010

National Zoo euthanizes Speke gazelle

By Washington Post editors

The National Zoo euthanized an aged Speke’s gazelle Monday because of its declining health.

The zoo said the 15-year-old animal, named Bati, was its only Speke’s gazelle. He was born at the St. Louis zoo in 1995 and came to the National Zoo in 1996.
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Speke’s gazelles are among the smallest of gazelles. The usually have a lifespan of 12 years, the zoo said. They are named for the 19th-century British adventurer John Hanning Speke, and in the wild live in Ethiopia and Somalia.

--Michael E. Ruane

By Washington Post editors  | July 19, 2010; 5:45 PM ET
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