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February 7, 2008 | From the Associated Press
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 | Associated Press
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 | United Press International
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 | Associated Press
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 | Reuters
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.
October 22, 2013 | By The Times editorial board
As human understanding of elephants has evolved, so has our treatment of them. Zoos decades ago freed these largest of land mammals from standing for hours in chains on arthritis-inducing concrete. Also gone from many zoos is the bullhook, an instrument that resembles a fireplace poker that is used to poke, prod or strike an elephant. Although the blunt end can be used as a lead for an elephant, the sharp end makes it a tool of coercion. The Los Angeles Zoo stopped using the bullhook in any manner in 2010.
February 2, 2005 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Wire Reports
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 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
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.
November 14, 1988 | Associated Press
Poachers killed 10 elephants in a wildlife sanctuary and hacked off the ivory tusks that are selling at a record price on the world market, a government official said Sunday. The Saturday morning slaughter in Tsavo National Park, about 220 miles southeast of Nairobi, brought to 160 the number of elephants killed in Kenya since April. Police mounted a ground and air search for the poachers and arrested a man carrying four elephant tusks.
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