(ANSA) - Imola, September 21 - A circus giraffe who escaped onto the streets of a town near Bologna is dead after being tranquillized for re-capture Friday. The giraffe eluded capture for several hours, running amuck and damaging cars with its 920-kilogram body. Witnesses spotted its long neck from blocks away as it galloped across the historic center of Imola, crossing busy streets in early rush-hour traffic. Police eventually cornered the animal in the fenced parking lot of a Coop grocery store and subdued it with two tranquilizers. Soon after his return to the Rinaldo Orfei Circus, the giraffe fell down dead of cardiac arrest.