NASHVILLE, TN (WSMV) -- The Nashville Zoo at Grassmere announced the death of a 13-year resident, a Masai giraffe named Margarita.

In a post on Facebook Friday afternoon, the zoo announced that 14-year-old Margarita had been experiencing complications from arthritis, affecting her ability to walk normally despite various treatment attempts.

The Zoo said she was a great ambassador for the organization and her species. She arrived at the Zoo in 2006, and had given birth to five calves over the years, most recently Mazi in 2017.

Due to her hindered ability to walk normally, the Zoo's animal care officials made the difficult decision to humanely euthanize her. is now with you on the go! Get the latest news updates and video, 4WARN weather forecast, weather radar, special investigative reports, sports headlines and much more from News4 Nashville.

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