Žemyna giraffe was born on July 16, 1986 in San Diego. At birth, she showed no signs of deformity of the neck, and Žemyna moved to Santa Barbara Zoo when she was barely a year old. She showed no signs of deformity of up to three years old when her spine began to protrude slightly from the neck. Eventually, he came so suddenly that it was impossible not to notice. Until Žemyna similar case was reported in 1902 to the year. Scientists, zoologists and veterinarians have not been able to find an explanation for this.
Despite its ugliness, Žemyna lived a long life - it is about six years old experienced an average giraffe. In late 2007 - early 2008, health Žemyna beginning to deteriorate rapidly due to old age. She was reluctant euthanized by their caretakers in the Santa Barbara Zoo 9 January 2008.