Country singer Billy Currington kicks things off.
Connie, the Asian elephant who spent decades at the Reid Park Zoo before being moved to San Diego earlier this year, had an “aggressive” type of cancer in her reproductive system, necropsy results show.
Connie, left, and Shaba shared an enclosure in Tucson for 30 years. They were moved in February to the San Diego Zoo's Elephant Odyssey, which has facilities for sick and elderly elephants. Connie suffered from urinary- and reproductive-tract infections.
Keeper Gale Ferrick helped take care of Connie at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo. Connie was born in the wild and came to Reid Park in 1968.
Connie, pictured here with a 2-year-old Shaba, became a mother figure to the African elephant.
Connie, a 45-year-old Asian elephant who spent most of her life at the Reid Park Zoo, was euthanized at her new home in San Diego Thursday after urinary- and reproductive-tract infections caused a serious decline in her health.
Connie, Reid Park Zoo's longtime elephant, was euthanized last week at the San Diego Zoo. Officials there said the elephant was suffering from cancer and other illnesses.
In this story, heartbreak starts with congratulations. After Hizzoner sealed the deal on the future of our elephants, moving Connie and Shaba to San Diego together, the congratulations came rolling in to Tracy Toland and Jessica Shuman.
Longtime Reid Park Zoo residents Connie and Shaba are officially on their way to the San Diego Zoo.