Baby elephant dies suddenly at Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse

Photo by Erin Fingar, courtesy of Rosamond Gifford Zoo

A baby elephant at a Syracuse zoo died from a virus just before his second birthday.

Posted: Dec 10, 2020 12:29 PM

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - A baby elephant at a Syracuse zoo died from a virus just before his second birthday.

The Rosamond Gifford Zoo in Syracuse announced the death of Ajay, an Asian elephant calf, on Wednesday.

He died from Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes Virus, which poses a high risk to young elephants.

His 5-year-old brother tested positive for the virus last week and while Ajay did not show symptoms until Tuesday morning, he died within hours. The virus is believed to occur naturally in elephants and may become active without warning.

Ajay would have turned two on Jan. 15.

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Posted by Rosamond Gifford Zoo on Wednesday, December 9, 2020

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