National News

Tulsa Zoo starts end-of-life care for its oldest animal, Gunda the elephant

Posted January 16, 2018 1:14 p.m. EST

— The Tulsa Zoo is starting end-of-life care for its oldest animal, Gunda the elephant.

The zoo made the announcement Tuesday. According to a news release, the zoo's animal care and veterinary staff members decided to start hospice care for the 67-year-old elephant because of her declining health and advanced age.

"We monitor her quality of life including mobility, appetite and attitude," Zoological Michael Connolly said in the release. "We make adjustments daily, depending on how she's doing."

Gunda first arrived at the Tulsa Zoo in 1954, becoming the first elephant to be housed there. The zoo reported that she'll remain at the elephant habitat with her companions, Sooky and Sneezy, while staff members monitor her quality of life.