Fresno Chaffee Zoo African elephant dies

"Bets", an 11-year-old African Elephant, has died at Fresno Chaffee Zoo.

Fresno Chaffee Zoo is mourning the loss of one of its African elephants.

It announced Sunday that 11-year-old "Bets" died.

The zoo's animal care team noticed Bets was not behaving normally on Friday.

It ran diagnostic tests, but says her "health rapidly declined."

She died late on Saturday.

“We consulted with zoo veterinarians around the country to devise our treatment plan. Bets had staff with her to monitor and care for her,” states Dr. Shannon Nodolf, Chief Veterinary Officer. “We did everything we could in a short amount of time,” Nodolf adds.

The zoo is now waiting for a necropsy and pathology reports to determine a cause of death. Tissue samples and remains will be analyzed.

“We’re extremely saddened by the loss of Bets. This is a great loss to Fresno Chaffee Zoo and our community," said Scott Barton, Fresno Chaffee Zoo's CEO. "Our veterinary and animal care teams worked diligently to assist and treat her. I’m grateful to work with such passionate and talented people. The team continues to work to understand the underlying cause.”

Bets had been in Fresno since May 2015, prior to the opening of the African Adventure exhibit.

She shared her exhibit with Vus’Musi, a 14-year-old male African elephant, and Nolwazi and Amahle, mother-daughter pair of African elephants.

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