ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – The Albuquerque BioPark said one of its Asian elephants, Daizy, died on Saturday.
The five-year-old contracted elephant enotheliotropic herpesvirus or EEHV, an often fatal hemorrhagic disease. According to the BioPark, Daizy first showed symptoms of EEHV on Wednesday morning and a blood test confirmed she had it.
Antivirals and round-the-clock treatment weren’t enough and Daizy collapsed Saturday afternoon.
Daizy has been at the BioPark her entire life. She was born in 2009, a daughter of another Albuquerque zoo elephant, Rozie.
The zoo says EEHV is a naturally occurring disease that is 80 percent fatal in young elephants. Officials don’t think other elephants are at risk at this time although Daizy’s baby sister Jazmine is being closely watched.
Zoo officials had been hopeful that Daizy would have babies of her own someday and say she had been a caring big sister.