African elephant dies at Disney's Animal Kingdom
posted by Dewayne Bevil on Mar 17, 2009 5:37:51 PM
A 24-year-old African elephant died today at Disney's Animal Kingdom after a brief, isolated illness, Walt Disney World officials say.
Tumpe, a female who moved to Animal Kingdom in 2007, had been suffering from skin sores and gastrointestinal problems for two months. The staff provided medical care including blood tests, ultrasound, bacterial and viral testing, electrocardiography and laparoscopic surgery, the company says.
A complete pathology report is expected within a few weeks, but Disney experts think it is an isolated incident that has not affected the rest of the herd at the park.