Cypress, the baby Alpaca at the Saginaw Zoo, died on Sunday, June 15.
His death came as a surprise because he didn't show any signs of stress or illness, the Saginaw Children's Zoo said in a news release.
Cypress' body was sent to the Diagnostic Center for Population and Animal Health at Michigan State University. The zoo hopes the center will determine the cause of death.
Cypress had been at the zoo for eight months.
"Zookeepers are keeping a close eye on his mother, Lily, and his sister, Rose. Despite the sudden loss, they are doing very well," said Karen Ackerman, animal collections manager.
The zoo is monitoring the animals' behaviors and diets so any changes can be dealt with immediately.
"From the moment he arrived, he was a very special cria to all of us at the zoo and our visitors. As a community, we celebrated his first steps through life, from deciding on his name to watching his wobbly first walk. This is a sadness we will all feel," said Nancy Parker, executive director.
The zoo has set up a Memorial Fund in Cypress' honor. The money raised will go toward the care of the other alpacas at the zoo. The alpacas are used to promote awareness and education of Mid-Michigan agriculture.
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