DENVER - The Denver Zoo’s beloved Dolly the elephant died Friday. She was 52 years old – and believed to be one of the oldest elephants in captivity.
Dolly was placed into hospice care last week. She had been battling health problems, and zookeepers and veterinarians gave her pain medication to keep her comfortable during her final days. She was humanely euthanized on Friday.
In a Facebook post, the zoo said Dolly will be remembered as one of the “sweetest and most trusting” animals that was always “young at heart.”
Dolly was the 10th oldest elephant in a North American zoo. She lived a long life – the average life expectancy for female Asian elephants in zoos is 46.9.
If you want to share happy memories about Dolly – or condolences for staff at the Clayton F. Freiheit Elephant House – comment on the Denver Zoo’s Facebook post here: http://bit.ly/2cn8Qnp
We’ll miss you, Dolly!
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