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59-Year-Old Asian Elephant Named Mary Humanely Put to Rest at San Diego Zoo

59-Year-Old Asian Elephant Named Mary Humanely Put to Rest at San Diego Zoo

Mary, the Asian elephant, lived 12 years longer than the average lifespan of a female Asian elephant, as stated by the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance.

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The San Diego Zoo is saddened by the passing of its 59-year-old Asian elephant.

“The San Diego Zoo family is heartbroken to share the passing of Mary, a geriatric Asian elephant,” the California zoo said in a statement on Facebook and Instagram.

“Mary had been under veterinary care, including hydrotherapy and physical therapy to alleviate age-related joint ailments for some time,” the statement read. “Unfortunately, despite these therapies, Mary’s mobility had declined, affecting her daily activity. After monitoring her closely and evaluating her quality of life, Mary’s health and care specialists made the difficult decision to compassionately euthanize her.”

Mary, who passed away on May 2, had been at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park for 29 years before moving to the San Diego Zoo in 2009. She spent the rest of her life at the zoo’s Elephant Odyssey habitat, receiving dedicated care from the Elephant Care Center, which specializes in looking after older elephants.

She surpassed the typical lifespan of a female Asian elephant by 12 years. (The average lifespan is 47.)

 

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Throughout her time at the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance, the organization responsible for the zoo and safari park, Mary captured the hearts of park visitors and became a beloved figure.

“The grief of Mary’s passing is only assuaged by the countless lives that she touched,” Greg Vicino, the interim vice president of wildlife care at the San Diego Zoo, said in a statement. “She brought people into contact with a wild they could only imagine, and through her care, we learned more about the behavior, physiology, and psychology of one of the world’s most iconic species. The legacy of her life carries us further and solidifies our belief that all wildlife should be cherished for how it connects us.”

According to the San Diego Zoo’s social media, the wildlife care specialists fondly recall Mary as having a distinctive and confident personality, yet also exuding a calm and serene aura. Additionally, she was renowned for her kindness and hospitality towards other elephants who joined the zoo’s community.

According to a statement from the San Diego Zoo Wildlife Alliance (SDZWA), Mary’s companion, a fellow elderly female elephant named Shaba, had the opportunity to bid farewell to Mary. At the Elephant Odyssey habitat, Shaba is now accompanied by two young male elephants, Tsandzikle and Inhlonipho.

“Shaba also enjoys socializing with Tsandzikle and Inhlonipho, and has the opportunity to do so at her choosing,” the release shared before concluding with a final note about Mary.

“We know that Mary will be missed by all who knew her.”

Source: People

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A Dog Heroically Stays Inside a Burning House, Refusing to Leave as He Protects Four Small Friends That Are Also Trapped Inside

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Who says dogs don’t like cats? People always think that dogs and cats are ‘natural’ enemies and the story below will prove us wrong. This story might be one of the most unusual rescue stories ever.

A Jack Russell mix dog named Leo risked his life to protect and save four newborn kittens from house fire in Melbourne, Australia. When firefighters were trying to prevent the flames spread in the house, they discovered a dog still inside the home. Firefighters had to dodge fallen power lines to reach the dog.

Leo was found lying unconscious on the floor. They lifted him up and were in total shock of what they found beneath him! The dog had placed his body over kittens to keep them safe until help could arrive. Miraculously, the four kittens were unharmed, thanks to Leo. Firefighters rushed the pets outside where Leo was given oxygen. He is now feeling well.

Watch the video to find out! Please ‘SHARE’ to pass on this story to a friend or family member if you also think that Leo is a hero!

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Start Your Happy Day with 14 Lovely Animals Have Braces

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Looking for a reason to smile today? Look no further! We’ve compiled a list of 14 adorable animals who are sporting braces and proving that even our furry friends need a little dental work. From cats to dogs to even a hedgehog, these animals are showing us that braces aren’t just for humans anymore. So sit back, relax, and get ready to start your day off with a smile (and maybe a little bit of dental envy).

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