CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 7, 2008 |
Officials say a baby elephant at San Diego's Wild Animal Park recently diagnosed with an antibiotic-resistant staph infection was euthanized because of multiple health problems. Park spokeswoman Christina Simmons said the infection was not the reason behind Monday's euthanasia of the 2-month-old elephant. She said the elephant calf had a compromised immune system and was malnourished. Complications from birth prevented the mother elephant from feeding the calf, and park staff tried to raise the calf by hand-feeding, Simmons said.
February 22, 1993 |
An elephant whose calf was knocked down by a locomotive blocked the next train that passed and pummeled the engine until it could no longer run. After banging her forehead against the engine for 15 minutes, the elephant walked off into the jungle, leaving about 200 passengers stranded for more than five hours, the Ittefaq newspaper reported Sunday. The extent of the calf's injuries was not known. The incident occurred Friday evening at Vanugach.
December 2, 1989 |
An elephant that recently underwent a historic Cesarean section was destroyed Friday night when veterinarians determined a raging infection was incurable, said officials at the San Diego Wild Animal Park. Veterinary surgeons operated on Jean again when the animal did not respond to treatment. They discovered a ruptured uterus and a severe infection. When surgeons were unable to remove the uterus, they decided to give the elephant a lethal dose of anesthetic.
December 16, 1987 |
Peter, an African elephant who zoo officials here said was the largest land animal in North America, died Monday at Lion Country Safari, a spokesman said. The 23-year-old animal tipped the scales at 13,780 pounds.
April 20, 1993 |
A bull elephant killed Sam Fourie, 35, the head of the anti-poaching unit at South Africa's Kruger National Park, the park's executive director said Monday.
November 23, 1987 |
A wild elephant trampled to death Prabhakar Sahu, a 45-year-old schoolteacher, who was riding a moped, the United News of India reported Sunday. The elephant had strayed from a herd in Kantamal forest in eastern India's Orissa state. Police said the elephant sat down beside the body as if to guard it before officials drove the beast into the forest.
February 2, 2005 |
Asian elephants being loaded onto a truck in Fort Wayne trampled a circus animal trainer to death after the man fell down, authorities said. Pierre Spenle, 40, fell beneath the elephants when a security bar he was leaning on gave way. "Once he's on the floor, animal trainers will tell you, he's no longer the trainer. He's another object as if he were a basketball or whatever thrown in among the elephants' feet," Coroner Jan Brandenberger said.
December 3, 1998 |
A South African judge ruled that 30 young elephants had been treated cruelly and awarded temporary custody of them to the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals. The elephants' plight had drawn international concern, igniting protests in Washington and London. The elephants' owner, animal exporter Riccardo Ghiazza, had planned to sell them to zoos in Europe and a safari park in China.
September 6, 2003 |
Elephants on the island of Borneo, believed to be the smallest in the world, have been reclassified as a distinct subspecies after new genetic tests, a wildlife official said. Intestinal cells collected from elephant dung were sent for genetic testing at Columbia University in New York, where researchers found that the Borneo herd separated from their Asian cousins 300,000 years ago.
October 23, 2013 |
The Los Angeles City Council smartly - and unanimously - passed a ban Wednesday on the use of bullhooks to manage elephants in performances and exhibitions in the city. Not only does the ban prohibit the sharp-edged fire-poker-like device that trainers use as a tool of coercion to get the elephants to do what they want, it also bans any implement (baseball bats, ax handles, etc.) that would be similarly used to prod, poke or strike an elephant and inflict pain. The vote was 14 to 0. Councilman Jose Huizar was not present.