Mona is euthanized

06.21.2007 by André Natta · → 4 Comments

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Mona the elephantThe Birmingham News is reporting that Mona the elephant, a longtime resident at the Birmingham Zoo, was euthanized this morning.

She was believed to be at least 56 years old and had been having problems standing in her exhibit space recent days.

Susie, her longtime companion, died in January 2005.

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Ron Nastie
Ron Nastie

What real interesting is that I just read about another elephant in Calif. that had the same thing done the same day--  A North County celebrity who appeared on "TheTonight Show" with the late Johnny Carson and whose feats of strength and agility kept crowds in awe has died.But critics say the death could have been prevented.Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized because of health problems Tuesday at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park east of Escondido, zoo officials said.Officials said euthanasia was the "humane" thing to do, but wildlife advocates said Tuesday the animal should have been sent to an elephant sanctuary instead. At a sanctuary, advocates said, the elephant might have recovered from the illnesses they say were caused by poor treatment at the animal park.Animal park officials denied the animal had been poorly treated, saying they had taken many steps to address the health concerns.The elephant had been under specialized care for a degenerative joint disease and inflammations on its front feet at the 1,800-acre park, zoo officials said.Foot inflammations had been treated successfully before, but the pachyderm's condition had deteriorated recently, the elephant was inpain and was less willing to move around, Jeff Andrews, the park's animal care manager, said Tuesday."Those issues on her feet had regressed and had increased in number," Andrews said. "This time it simply wasn't recovering as fast as we hadexpected, and, actually, it was having a hard time recovering at all."Moreover, Andrews said, an infected bone in the elephant's left front foot needed to be removed or the infection would have spread. He saidzoo veterinarians and officials decided that recovering from the surgery would have been difficult and painful for the elephant becauseof its other medical conditions. 

Ron Nastie
Ron Nastie

What real interesting is that I just read about another elephant in Calif. that had the same thing done the same day--  A North County celebrity who appeared on "TheTonight Show" with the late Johnny Carson and whose feats of strength and agility kept crowds in awe has died.But critics say the death could have been prevented.Carol, a 39-year-old Asian elephant, was euthanized because of health problems Tuesday at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park east of Escondido, zoo officials said.Officials said euthanasia was the "humane" thing to do, but wildlife advocates said Tuesday the animal should have been sent to an elephant sanctuary instead. At a sanctuary, advocates said, the elephant might have recovered from the illnesses they say were caused by poor treatment at the animal park.Animal park officials denied the animal had been poorly treated, saying they had taken many steps to address the health concerns.The elephant had been under specialized care for a degenerative joint disease and inflammations on its front feet at the 1,800-acre park, zoo officials said.Foot inflammations had been treated successfully before, but the pachyderm's condition had deteriorated recently, the elephant was inpain and was less willing to move around, Jeff Andrews, the park's animal care manager, said Tuesday."Those issues on her feet had regressed and had increased in number," Andrews said. "This time it simply wasn't recovering as fast as we hadexpected, and, actually, it was having a hard time recovering at all."Moreover, Andrews said, an infected bone in the elephant's left front foot needed to be removed or the infection would have spread. He saidzoo veterinarians and officials decided that recovering from the surgery would have been difficult and painful for the elephant becauseof its other medical conditions.