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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