Tulsa Zoo announces Asian elephant's death

Tulsa Zoo announces Asian elephant's death

TULSA, Okla._The Tulsa Zoo made a decision to euthanize one of their Asian elephants after it fell ill on November 9.

The Tulsa Zoo announced Sunday morning that 43-year-old Tova, one of their Asian elephants, first began to show signs of discomfort on November 9. Zoo staff began around-the-clock care for Tova in an effort to understand and identify the source of the problem. The zoo says the Center of Elephant Conservation consulted with their own experts to make sure all possible treatment options were explore.

Tova's health continued to decline rapidly Sunday morning and the zoo's veterinarians, and other experts, agreed it was in Tova's best interest to be humanely euthanized Sunday "to end her suffering." The zoo says there will be an assessment done to determine what caused Tova's drastic health decline. They hope to have more information by the end of the week.

"Our thoughts and appreciation go to our zoo staff, especially Animal Health and Care teams, who have been working tirelessly to care for Tova," said the Tulsa Zoo through a statement on their Facebook page.

Tova arrived at the Tulsa Zoo on September 28 from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation in Florida.

The Tulsa Zoo welcomes anyone to share kind words for those who cared for Tova by emailing pr@tulsazoo.org.