SC elephant dies on trip to Colorado

Monday, June 16, 2014 12:33 PM
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COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A 44-year-old elephant has died while being transported from a zoo in South Carolina to one in Colorado.

The Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado Springs, Colo., said Sunday a necropsy is planned to determine why the African elephant named Joni died.

The Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday Joni was being moved from the Greenville Zoo in Sourth Carolina because her longtime companion there died in March.

Elephants need companions for their mental well-being, and the Colorado Springs zoo has four other mature elephants.

A veterinarian and elephant keeper from Greenville were checking on Joni at every stop, and nine zoos along the route were on standby to help in case of an emergency.

The Colorado zoo says Joni died so quickly that nothing could be done for her.

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corgimom 06/16/14 - 12:47 pm
She died from stress and

She died from stress and fright, along with the sedation that they had to give her.

Poor baby.

Little Lamb
Little Lamb 06/16/14 - 01:51 pm

I guess the necropsy is no longer necessary.

corgimom 06/16/14 - 09:00 pm
Aw, LL, give me a break,

Aw, LL, give me a break, wouldja?

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