CSU Changes Animal Care Policies After Llama Dies

Colorado State University is changing its animal care protocols after a llama died, partly because of emaciation, reports the Coloradoan. The report says that emaciation was "likely a significant factor" in the animal's death.

CSU Spokesman Mike Hooker told the paper that university workers are now required to check animals "at least monthly" for their body condition and weight. Before, the checks were less formal. CSU also found that the animal had sepsis, which they say may have played a role in the animal's death.

A USDA spokesperson said that CSU's proactive change means they are now compliant with federal standards, and therefore there will not be a formal investigation or fines.