Asian elephant dies at Denver Zoo after going into renal failure

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DENVER — The Denver Zoo announced Saturday that Kimbo, a 44-year-old Asian elephant housed at the facility, died Friday night after going into renal failure.

“Kimbo was a beautiful and sweet animal,” Denver Zoo President/CEO Shannon Block said in a statement. “She brought a great amount of joy to all who had the fortune of visiting her. She will be greatly missed.”

For the past two days, Kimbo had refused food and water, the zoo said. Subsequent blood tests indicated renal failure. Having lost her quality of life, Kimbo was euthanized late Friday, the zoo said.

Kimbo is believed to have been born in Thailand in March of 1970 before making her way to the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler, Texas. Kimbo came to the Denver Zoo from the Fort Worth Zoo in December of 2012.

Kimbo was the first new female elephant to move from another zoo into the Denver Zoo’s Toyota Elephant Passage. She was known as a shy animal, recognized by the freckles on her trunk.

Denver Zoo remains home to four other Asian elephants, female Dolly and males Groucho, Bodhi and Billy.

The average life expectancy for female Asian elephants in zoos is 46.9 years old, the Denver Zoo reported.



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