Jewell the Elephant (on the left)
LITTLE ROCK, AR -- The Little Rock Zoo is reporting the death of one of their elephants.
62-year-old Jewell had to be euthanized after becoming unable to lift herself.
Zoo staff say Jewell had to be assisted to her feet early this morning after being found struggling to get up.
Zoo veterinarian staff, in consultation with Zoo elephant staff, evaluated the elephant’s condition and made the decision to euthanize her.
An investigation will be conducted to determine the cause of Jewell's condition.
Median life expectancy for female Asian elephants living in AZA accredited zoos is 49.6.
Jewell was donated to the Little Rock Zoo in 2011 by the Ringling Brothers Center for Elephant Conservation where she had been living since her retirement from the Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey circus.
The Zoo’s other elephant, Zina, was also donated to the Zoo by Ringling Brothers and is doing well, according to Zoo staff.
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