INDIANAPOLIS (Fort Wayne’s NBC) – For the second time in a matter of days, an elephant at the Indianapolis Zoo has died.
Officials held a news conference Tuesday afternoon to announce that Kalina, an 8-year-old African elephant, died of what was believed to be endotheliotropic herpesviris — a disease that is rare, but can be fatal to those in the herd.
On Saturday, a 6-year-old elephant named Nyah died after a short illness.
“I can’t imagine anything worse than what we’re dealing with right now,” Indianapolis Zoo President Dr. Rob Shumaker said during the news conference.
The zoo has long touted the success of its elephant breeding program, which it says produced “the first and second African elephants in the world to be conceived and successfully born through artificial insemination.”
The zoo’s website features profiles of six elephants, including the two that recently died.