Firefighters Called to Help Elephant Savannah Stand

El Paso Times
By Daniel Borunda

EL PASO -- Firefighters used special inflating airbags to lift the 7,700-pound elephant Savannah when she could not stand on her own Monday morning at the El Paso Zoo.

The rescue team was called after Savannah, who is 57 years old, was unable to stand up after lying on an incline, zoo officials said. Medical staff are monitoring the Asian elephant and gave her anti-inflammatory medicine.

In other zoo news, Raja the Malayan tiger could undergo surgery today to remove an unknown mass from his abdomen. Raja is 15 years old, which is "geriatric" for tigers, officials said.

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