SA Zoo mourns death of Asian elephant

Boo, 59, euthanized due to declining health

Spring break kicks off the busiest time of year at the San Antonio Zoo. This year, however, it carries with it a sad undertone.

On Sunday night, an Asian elephant named Boo was euthanized due to complications from blood cancer.

"It's real sad. It's sad for staff. It's sad for everybody. Everybody was here 'til late last night dealing with the situation, so everybody's sort of stressed, but they'll be doing their thing today and guiding visitors around and helping with traffic out front so we'll get through it," said Steve Mc Cusker, the zoo's executive director, on Monday.

Boo had shown signs of discomfort and at times refused food over the past few months and was put under hospice care.

McCusker said Boo was between 59 and 63 years old, which would have made her a senior citizen. 

Most Asian elephants in zoos only live to be 46.

Boo was a retired circus performer and had only been at the San Antonio Zoo for three years.

"We've known this for some time and she just went rapidly downhill," said McCusker

The zoo has one remaining Asian elephant, an elderly female named Lucky. 

Zoo officials haven't decided if they'll get another companion for Lucky or eventually send her away and redo the elephant yard.

For now, McCusker said it's business as usual, making sure the spring break crowd has a good time.


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