MIAMI, Fla. (WAVY) – A beloved African elephant that once called the Virginia Zoo home died during a ‘confrontation’ at Zoo Miami.
According to zoo officials, 51-year-old Cita died Friday shortly after she was knocked down by another elephant. The zoo says Cita had several age-related issues that may have prevented her from being able to get back on her feet.
They are still awaiting test results to help determine the cause of death, but the zoo believes a blood clot was a major factor.
Cita joined a group of female African elephants at Zoo Miami affectionately called “The Golden Girls” because of their advanced age. They were all over 40.
Zoo Miami released a statement Monday that said, in part:
“This is a very difficult time for the Zoo Miami family, as well as the staff and volunteers at the Virginia Zoo where Cita had lived for decades. This is especially difficult for the elephant keepers who have a very special bond with these magnificent and charismatic animals that they so passionately dedicate themselves to caring for.”