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San Diego Zoo: Elephant died of fighting injuries

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ESCONDIDO, Calif. (AP) - San Diego Zoo officials say an elephant that died last month had suffered traumatic injuries after fighting with another elephant.

The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that the 21-year-old elephant, Umoya, was one of the dominant female elephants at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park before she died Nov. 17.

Zoo spokeswoman Yadira Galindo says no one witnessed the fight but aggressive encounters between elephants occur in the wild and sometimes result in death.

Animal rights group In Defense of Animals has called for the U.S. Department of Agriculture to investigate the circumstances of the death.

Umoya means "spirit" in Swahili. She was born in Kruger National Park in South Africa around 1990 and weighed 6,600 pounds.


Information from: The San Diego Union-Tribune


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