R.I.P. Gita

Earlier today Gita, the 48 year old female Asian elephant who had lived at the LA Zoo since 1959, passed away. She had been experiencing health problems in the last few years, including foot problems which required the crafting of a giant orthopedic shoe. 48 years old is consider elderly for wild elephants, but it won’t stop critics from saying that she was mistreated. The city did a study and found that the animals are treated well, but that they don’t have enough space, and it turn the city has approved a $39 million elephant area that will include watering holes and a variety of turf for their walking pleasure. This is the second elderly pachyderm to pass away at the zoo in as many years. It is too bad that she won’t get to hang out in the new enclosure being built, but I guess that leaves more room for Ruby.

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3 Replies to “R.I.P. Gita”

  1. That is heartbreaking news. Having worked at the zoo I had opportunities to get upclose to Gita and she was indeed the gentlest and most sweetly dispositioned of giants, which is a testament to the love and care and respect zoo personnel never failed to give her. In so many ways she was the heart and soul of that place and I know her death will hit everyone there especially hard.

  2. I think I may have riden her when they used to let you ride the elephants at the LA zoo.

    So sad to see a local elephant go.
    (yes as opposed to a non-local one)

  3. A COMPROMISE MIGHT BE IN ORDER…SEND RUBY AND BILLY TO SANCTUARIES AT LEAST UNTIL THE NEW EXHIBIT IS COMPLETED.LET THEM HAVE A CHANCE TO WANDER AND ACT LIKE WILD ELEPHANTS FOR A WHILE. ONE SAD NOTE: IT WAS NOTED THAT GITA “HAD NEVER LAID DOWN” THE ENTIRE TIME SHE LIVED AT THE ZOO UNTIL THE DAY SHE DIED. IF YOU LOG ON TO http://WWW.ELEPHANTS.COM YOU WILL OFTEN SEE THE SANCTUARY ELEPHANTS SPENDING HOURS LOLLING IN THE SUN AND SLEEPING LIKE BABIES. HOW SAD POOR GITA NEVER KNEW THE BLISS OF FALLING ASLEEP ON THE SOFT GROUND UNDER THE STARS SURROUNDED BY HER OWN KIND.

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