Tulsa Zoo announces elephant’s death

Ponca City Now - November 16, 2015 9:38 am

TULSA, Okla. (AP) – The Tulsa Zoo says it has euthanized one of its elephants after the animal fell ill earlier this month.

The zoo says 43-year-old Tova started showing signs of discomfort on Nov. 9. The female Asian elephant had just arrived at the Tulsa Zoo on Sept. 28 from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.

The zoo says staffers worked around the clock to identify the source of the elephant’s symptoms but the animal’s health kept declining. The zoo says its veterinarians euthanized Tova on Sunday "to end her suffering." An assessment of what caused Tova’s illness is underway.


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