06/30/2016 04:08 EDT | Updated 06/30/2016 04:59 EDT

Calgary Zoo Giraffe Delivers Stillborn Calf While Being Transported

Michael Brake

A giraffe that was travelling from the San Diego Zoo to the Calgary Zoo prematurely delivered a "non-viable" calf on Monday.

“This is very difficult news to share with our community,” said Jamie Dorgan, director of animal care at the Calgary Zoo, in a release.

“Transporting animals is a delicate process and we take every precaution necessary to ensure the safety and well-being of the animals during their journey.”

The zoo says the mother, a five-year-old Masai giraffe, was under continuous observation during the trip through a closed-circuit camera.

The female giraffe was assessed by a veterinarian who determined she was healthy enough to travel. She arrived in Calgary on Wednesday night.

Staff at the Calgary Zoo were aware the giraffe might be pregnant, as she had been breeding at the San Diego Zoo, and both zoos agreed in advance it would be safe for her to travel.

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