OKC Zoo Announces Death Of Female Asian Elephant Chai

Saturday, January 30th 2016, 12:02 pm
By: News 9

The Oklahoma City Zoo is saddened to announce the death of adult female Asian Elephant Chai Saturday morning.

Zoo keepers found the 37-year-old elephant around 7:30 a.m., in her yard.

Chai arrived at the zoo last May, along with 48-year-old, female Asian elephant, Bamboo, from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.

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The zoo says like all animals, Chai received regular check-ups and routine observations and seemed to be healthy.

Veterinary staff will be performing a necropsy to help determine the cause of death.

The zoo says the remaining elephant herd is behaving normally at this time. And the elephant habitat will be open to guest, but the elephant presentations are canceled for the weekend.