41-year-old elephant dies at Zoo Miami - FOX 13 News

41-year-old elephant dies at Zoo Miami

Posted: Updated:

A 41-year-old Zoo Miami elephant is dead.

Officials say the Asian elephant named Maude died Wednesday of what appears to be severe constipation.

Zoo communications director Ron Magill told The Miami Herald (http://hrld.us/IvDgTq ) the elephant began behaving strangely last week. She stopped eating and having bowel movements.

Magill says Maude started eating sand and clay, which is what they do in the wild to get minerals they need. It turned out to be fatal for Maude. Zoo workers tried a number of treatments.

Magill says Maude also suffered from arthritis making it difficult for her to move around and keep her digestive system active.

The elephant collapsed and died during a treatment session on Wednesday. A partial necropsy revealed her digestive system was packed with sand and clay.

Powered by WorldNow

3213 West Kennedy Blvd.
Tampa, Florida 33609
Main: (813) 876-1313
Newsroom: (813) 870-9630
Fax: (813) 871-3135

Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | New Terms of Service What's new | Ad Choices