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Six Flags elephant dies

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Bertie Mae, a 34-year-old female Asian elephant, was euthanized last week due to a non-recoverable injury at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. (Courtesy photo)

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From page A4 | April 11, 2014 |

FAIRFIELD — An Asian elephant named Bertie Mae at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom is dead.

The elephant was euthanized last week because of a fracture to its hind leg. Elephant experts around the country said the extent of the injury coupled with the elephant’s massive size made the chances of a full recovery virtually impossible, a Six Flags press release said.

“Our elephant staff is particularly heartbroken,” said Don McCoy, park president, in the release. “They have loved and cared for the mischievous and spirited Bertie Mae since her arrival here in 2005.”

Tissues from the elephant will be shared with universities and researchers to better understand elephant populations in the wild and under human care, the press release said.

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Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling

Barry Eberling has been a reporter with the Daily Republic since 1987. He covers Solano County government, transportation, growth and the environment. He received his bachelors of art degree from the University of California, Santa Barbara and his masters degree in journalism from the University of California, Berkeley.
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  • 2realApril 11, 2014 - 6:25 am

    If the elephant was never in captivity then it might not have fractured its leg. And if it never fractured its leg, it never woulda got put down. And if it never got put down, it wouldnt have got chopped into pieces and distributed throughout the nation... poor thing

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  • MDSApril 11, 2014 - 6:48 pm

    And you think elephants don't get killed in the wild?

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  • my2centsApril 11, 2014 - 7:52 am

    How did it fracture it leg? Elephants in captivity are frequently chained up at the ankle. This beautiful creature was living a sad and lonely life in captivity away from the society of other elephants and away from a natural setting. Six Flags should never have had the elephant in the first place. Sickening.

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  • Rich GiddensApril 11, 2014 - 8:18 am

    This story reminds me of that scene in Hollywood's ''Animal House'' movie where the Delta House frat miscreants snuck a horse into Dean Wormer's Office. The Horse died after suffering a coronary when Flounder discharged a firearm in the Dean's office. With rigor mortis setting in, the carcass had to be dismembered with a chainsaw to remove it from the office suites......LOL!

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  • SarahApril 12, 2014 - 7:48 pm

    This poor being lived her life as a slave, working right up until her death for the sake of Six Flags' profit margin... I think the least we could do is show enough respect to stop calling her "it".

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  • susan antonius (@sbaygirl)April 25, 2014 - 11:06 am

    Elephants and roller coasters at the same place. This is a forced, artificial combination that was never going to end well.

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