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Exotic Animal Incident Report

Reported: Jul 11, 2005
Location: Chicago, Illinois

Animal: African Elephant
Animal Disposition: dead

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

Category: Animal Death by human
Species: Elephant

Summary: An outside audit of the Lincoln Park Zoo regarding the death of African elephant Wankie noted that the heater that was supposed to be with Winkie in the transport truck did not fit in with her crate and there was no regular monitoring of air temperature during her transport. The audit also questioned why Wankie was shipped from Lincoln Park Zoo only three days after a bout with colic. Wankie had to be euthanized after reaching the Utah Zoo in May.

Source: Associated Press

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