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Brookfield Zoo's elephant exhibit to remain closed because of death

Submitted photo Affie, a 40-year-old African elephant died on Friday from an unknown cause. The elephant exhibit will remain closed until further notice.
Submitted photo Affie, a 40-year-old African elephant died on Friday from an unknown cause. The elephant exhibit will remain closed until further notice.


2009-05-18 - Chicago, United States , Janice Hoppe

The elephant exhibit in Brookfield Zoo near Chicago is closed until further notice after the death last week of Affie, a 40-year-old African elephant. Officials are still unsure of the cause of death. About 8 a.m. Friday, Affie’s keepers arrived and found her lying on her side indoors not able to stand back up, according to Sondra Katzen, spokeswoman for the zoo. After hours of attempts to get the 10,400-pound elephant on her feet, she died at 2 p.m., Katzen said.



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