Zurich Zoo mourns death of ele­phant

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An Asian ele­phant named Druk had to be eu­thanised at the Zurich Zoo on Tues­day, at the age of 49. She had gone to sleep just be­fore mid­night on Monday, but was un­able to get up the next day, a state­ment said. Zookeep­ers gave the other ele­phants a chance to say good­bye to Druk, as the an­i­mals do in na­ture, be­fore she was put to sleep. At the end of 2014, vets de­ter­mined that Druk was go­ing blind. She suf­fered a fall in mid-April this year, and the zoo had to call fire­fight­ers and a crane to help get her up again. Zoo di­rec­tor Alex Rü­bel had stated at the time that the ele­phant would be put to sleep if she started to suf­fer. Druk was the old­est mam­mal at the Zurich Zoo. The ele­phant first ar­rived in Zurich as a gift from the king of Bhutan in 1968, when she was just 15 months old. She never had off­spring of her own, but helped to raise a dozen fel­low ele­phants.

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