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2 Asian elephants at San Diego Zoo euthanized

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SAN DIEGO (AP) - San Diego Zoo officials say two of their Asian elephants were euthanized this week for health problems that could not be reversed.

Forty-three-year-old Cha Cha was euthanized Wednesday and 67-year-old Cookie was put down Friday.

Zoo officials say Cha Cha received around-the-clock intensive care after surgery to remove an obstruction in her esophagus on Christmas Day. Cookie had been under veterinary care for some time for age-related problems.

Zoo officials told the Los Angeles Times the elephants used to be in shows at the zoo's Wild Animal Park, now Safari Park, before they were moved to the zoo's Elephant Odyssey exhibit in 2009.

The zoo now has five elephants at Elephant Odyssey and 17 at Safari Park. Older elephants stay at the zoo, closer to the Elephant Care Center.


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