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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Oct 16, 2004
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Animal: African Elephant
Animal Disposition: dead

Facility Type: Accredited AZA Zoo
Facility Name: Lincoln Park Zoo

Category: Animal Death, Animal health issue
Species: Elephant

Summary: Tatima, a 35-year-old African elephant at the Lincoln Park Zoo, was found dead in her enclosure. Zoo officials believed she died of tuberculosis, which came as a surprise to zookeepers who were unaware that tuberculosis could be a problem. Handlers were keeping a close eye over the two remaining elephants and other animals that resided in close proximity to the elephant habitat. Tatima arrived in 2003 from the wild animal park in San Diego.

Source: CBS 2 Chicago

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