Elephant at Disney's Animal Kingdom Dies
2009-03-19

ORLANDO (AP) - Disney officials say a 24-year-old African elephant has died at one of their Orlando-based theme parks after a brief illness.

Tumpe, a female that was moved to Disney's Animal Kingdom in 2007, died Tuesday after suffering from skin sores and gastrointestinal problems for two months.

A pathology report is pending, but Disney experts think it was isolated and the rest of the herd is safe.

Tumpe was brought from a zoo in Columbia, South Carolina.

She is the third elephant to die at the park. A newborn and its mother died in 2005 after complications from a cesarean section birth.

The park still has 12 elephants on the grounds.

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Note from The Elephant Sanctuary: Tumpe was the elephant that lived with Tina in the Greater Vancouver Zoo.
 

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