INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (ADAMS) – The Indianapolis Zoo is mourning the death of its second elephant in a week. An eight-year-old elephant calf died Tuesday and a six-year-old calf died last week.
The president of the Indianapolis Zoo says both calves had high levels of an incurable virus that only affects elephants. He added that not only is the zoo staff grieving, the other elephants at the zoo are also mourning the loss of the calves.
We are devastated to announce that a second African elephant in our herd, Kalina, died earlier today. Words cannot…
The Indianapolis Zoo posted the following on their social media pages:
“We are devastated to announce that a second African elephant in our herd, Kalina, died earlier today. Words cannot describe the emotional impact this is having on our Zoo family. On Saturday, March 23, 8-year-old Kalina started showing symptoms similar to elephant Nyah, who died March 19 after a short illness. While we are still awaiting all the histopathology results from Nyah, tests indicated high levels of elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV).
EEHV is a type of herpesvirus that can cause fatal hemorrhagic disease in elephants. It is one of the most deadly viral infections in elephants worldwide but is most commonly found in Asian elephants. It occurs in elephants in the wild as well as those in human care such as in sanctuaries and zoos. EEHV can strike without warning.
There is no vaccine for EEHV and it is not preventable. Humans and other animal species cannot contract the virus. “