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Taronga Zoo’s most beloved 3-year-old elephant Jai Dee dies suddenly

Aldi At the age of only three, one of Taronga Zoo’s most beloved elephants died.

The zoo announced the death of Jai Dee, an Asian elephant, yesterday afternoon.

It is “devastated” and has “lost a piece of its heart,” Taronga Zoo said.

Jai Dee had been suffering from stomach pain since Monday, the zoo said in a statement, and was handled by vets.

He seemed to be healing, they said, before worsening yesterday.

“He could not be saved despite a full emergency response,” the zoo said in a statement.

Dr Larry Vogelnest, senior veterinarian, said that Jai Dee is thought to have had a twisted bowel.

“This was a very sad and sudden event. The preliminary cause of death has been identified as a torsion in the intestines, or twisted bowel as it is sometimes called,” Dr Vogelnest said.

“This can happen in other species, not just elephants and is often fatal.”

The owner and CEO of Taronga Zoo, Cameron Kerr, said the zoo is mourning.

“The entire Taronga family is in mourning for Jai Dee, and no doubt the other elephants will be mourning his loss as much as we are,” Mr Kerr said.

“He was part of our Zoo family and we are beyond devastated by his loss.

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