This also isn't the first time a giraffe at the Taipei Zoo has died. Last year, a baby giraffe passed away of malnutrition, after her mother couldn't feed her. People tried to nurse her to no avail.
"People have this idea that they go to a zoo and there is this individual zoo and here are the zoo's animals," Irus Braverman, professor at SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of "Zooland," told The Dodo last year. "But in fact, it is more like an ecosystem in a way, as artificial as it may be."
Despite the required breeding treks to keep that ecosystem genetically diverse, many animals do survive this ordeal. But Hsiao-chiu just wasn't strong enough to make the trip.