April 22, 2024

Fitz, Louisville Zoo‘s 3-year-previous elephant identified with EEHV virus, died Friday night, the zoo claimed.

Fitz was diagnosed Wednesday with the viral infection that can be fatal and impacts elephants worldwide. He was drained Friday, but taking in and standing. His situation worsened, and he died in the course of higher nighttime procedure soon after 11 p.m., a zoo news launch declared.

“We are deeply saddened by the reduction of elephant Fitz,” Dan Maloney, the Louisville Zoo director, explained. “Fitz held a special position inside our overall extended zoo family members. His existence at our zoo touched the hearts of our customers, patrons and our whole community, inspiring a profound appreciation for elephants and their conservation.”