SAN DIEGO (CNS) - One of the two elephants brought to the San Diego in a trade with counterparts in Tucson in February was euthanized due to an infection, the San Diego Zoo announced Friday.
"Connie," an Asian elephant believed to be 45, was put down after a thorough veterinary examination that included specialists, the zoo's Yadira Galindo told City News Service.
She said Connie had suffered a series of infections in its urinary tract and reproductive organs in recent years, but they always cleared up with medication.
This time, the veterinarians found a lot of fluid and tumors, she said.
"The infection was much stronger and her immune system couldn't fight it off this time," Galindo said. She said Connie's condition had deteriorated to the point where her quality of life was affected.
The pachyderm came from the Reid Park Zoo in Tucson, along with 32-year-old Shaba, an African elephant. The move quelled a controversy in the Arizona city over an original plan to separate the two, which had spent three decades together.
According to Galindo, experts say Asian elephants can live as long as 55 to 60 years.
Authorities today announced that police have arrested a suspect in connection with Friday's sexual assault on the campus of San Diego Mesa College. The name of the suspect was not immediately released.
A 27-year-old man suffered fatal injuries as the result of a "punching game'' inside of a bar Saturday morning in the Gaslamp
neighborhood of San Diego.
Showers will be mostly light Saturday morning, decreasing into early Saturday afternoon. Another round of showers expected to push through late afternoon ending late Saturday night.
Police Chief David Nisleit Friday strongly disavowed what he described as an unofficial, "never authorized" departmental program that rewarded officers for making narcotics arrests.
On Friday, San Diego Police announced their search for a suspect involved in a robbery off the San Diego State University campus.
A court-appointed receiver has taken control of a Pacific Beach "hoarder house" that has accumulated trash, created unsafe conditions for children and harbored vermin in recent years, the San Diego City Attorney's Office announced Friday.
The owners of Hauser's Patio reached out to News 8 Friday morning asking to be put in contact with the couple who had their furniture stolen from their patio in Pacific Beach this week.
On Thursday night, the HeartCore Leadership company purchased thousands of dollars worth of Domino's Pizza to feed San Diego's homeless in downtown.