60-Year-Old Elephant Euthanized at San Diego Zoo

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Sunita, a 60-year-old elephant living in the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park, was euthanized today. Zoo officials said the Asian elephant, who arrived in San Diego 35 years ago and was the oldest at the park, had been in ill health for quite some time.

Officials said Sunita had an infection, broken tooth and was not eating. The Los Angeles Times said a "necropsy will be done to determine her exact condition, which could help guide future care for other elephants."

“She was an important part of our family,” a Wild Animal Park spokesman told the Times. “Everyone is very upset.”

Another story in the San Diego Union-Tribune said some staff members had been working with the elephant for more than 20 years.

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