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Second elephant dies at Indianapolis Zoo

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.

Jonathan Shelley

Jonathan Shelley is the news director at WPTA TV, which he joined in 2016 following nine years in a similar role in New Orleans and previous news management positions in Oklahoma City and Las Vegas.

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