August 4, 2005
Devastating, that's how zoo keepers and workers at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo describe
the mood there Friday. Visitors couldn't help but feel the sadness at the elephant
exhibit after baby Kedar, just four days old died Thursday night. So many people
had fallen for the baby asian elephant, now they struggle to deal with his loss.
A small memorial with cards, flowers and even a peanut candy bar sits in front
of the exhibit.
Little Kedar fell into the pool Thursday morning and
several other elephants went in after him. Instead of helping, the
protective animals pushed the little elephant in deeper and he got
water in his lungs.
Veterinarians put him on antibiotics, but he
wasn't able to pull through. Directors
are thinking about limiting the number
of elephants at the pool at one time to prevent something like this
in the future. The baby's mother, Targa, looked for her son this
morning. Trainers say she will mourn him, then soon get over it.
The zoo is starting an internal investigation to see if anything
could have been done to prevent the death. The US Department of
Agriculture is also looking into the accident.