11-year-old African elephant named Bets dies unexpectedly at Fresno Chaffee Zoo in California

(FRESNO, Calif.) — An 11-year-old African elephant died unexpectedly over the weekend at a zoo in Fresno, California.

The female elephant, named Bets, died at Fresno Chaffee Zoo late on Saturday, just 36 hours after staff noticed she was “not behaving normally” and her health began to “rapidly” decline, according to a press release from the zoo.

The cause of death was unknown, pending a necropsy and pathology reports, the zoo said in the release.

“We consulted with zoo veterinarians around the country to devise our treatment plan. Bets had staff with her to monitor and care for her,” Dr. Shannon Nodolf, the zoo’s chief veterinary officer, said in a statement Sunday. “We did everything we could in a short amount of time.”

Bets arrived at Fresno Chaffee Zoo in May…

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