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HOUSTON (AP) — Houston Zoo officials say their newest addition, a month-old giraffe, is being treated for a life-threatening bone infection.

The giraffe calf named Yao Ming, born Feb. 25, had surgery this week to remove some infected bone.

Zoo Director Rick Barongi tells the Houston Chronicle ( ) that zookeepers noticed the infant giraffe had developed a limp about a week after its birth but they thought it was minor. But when it became worse, they began administering antibiotics and called in a specialist after the animal began favoring a different leg as well.

The specialist, Dr. Wyatt Winchell, found the infection and performed the surgery. He says the giraffe has a “upward battle.”

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