Baby elephant euthanized at Pittsburgh Zoo

Some sad times at the Pittsburgh Zoo after a baby elephant passes away.  

A visitor to the Zoo, Brandie Hill, tells us, "I have goosebumps I'm so upset.  That was one of the main reasons why we came here."  Hill brought her two year old daughter, Katina, to the Pittsburgh Zoo not knowing the baby elephant had died hours earlier.  When Brandie asked Katina what she wanted to see most, she replied with, "The babies.  The babies."  

'Little Bit,' as the Zoo called her, died around 10 o'clock Wednesday morning.  President and CEO of the Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium, Barbara Baker commented, Little Bit "captured a lot of hearts.  She was feisty.  She was a character.  She was sweet and loving.  So, it's very, very hard." 

Baker says the baby elephant stopped eating.  They tried a feeding tube, but she still wouldn't gain weight.  "We always suspected, particularly over the last month, that we were dealing with some type of birth defect where she could not absorb nutrients and was not able to gain weight normally."

She tells us the calf was 166 pounds when Zoo staff decided to euthanize her.  At this point, she should have been well over 200 pounds.  

Baker believes they did everything they could. "I believe we're very blessed to have a chance to know her." 


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