DALLAS (AP) - Dallas Zoo officials have euthanized a 39-year-old
elephant with a history of colic.
A Dallas Zoo official says KeKe had been ill for more than 10
days, but her condition worsened Monday afternoon. Crews used a
crane to lift the African elephant to her feet, but she was unable
to stand on her own and her condition deteriorated dramatically.
Sean Greene, community relations director at the zoo, says that
staff has been watching her around the clock since she became ill.
He says KeKe would only occasionally eat or drink during the
time she was ill. He says the 8,000-pound elephant had a history of
Greene says zoo officials will be keeping an eye on KeKe's
female companion, a 31-year-old elephant named Jenny. Greene says,
"She obviously knows that something is wrong."
He says that KeKe has been in Dallas since 2003, when she came
from the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler.
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