Baby giraffe at Maryland Zoo in intensive care

BALTIMORE, Md. — Maryland Zoo’s newest giraffe calf, Julius, is intensive care less than a month after his birth.

The zoo released a statement on Saturday morning, saying that a “sudden and major change in Julius’ bloodwork” has led to zoo staff putting him in intensive care as they work to stabilize him.

“We know this news is difficult for all of the #TeamJulius members who’ve been rooting for him to improve these three weeks and who continue to cheer and pray for our little guy to keep fighting,” stated the zoo. “We can only assure you that the Zoo team’s resolve, expertise, and care are Julius’ best allies right now. Not only are our experts critically caring for Julius hour-by-hour, but Zoo staff are also regularly communicating with colleagues at AZA-accredited zoos across the country who have worked with similar cases.”

The team’s main priority right now, they say, is to get Julius feeding from a bottle.