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Published on Jan 9, 2017
This is Chai the elephant at Oklahoma City Zoo, #1 Worst Zoo for Elephants in North America on In Defense of Animals list for 2016. Tragic captive elephant Chai was found dead outside the Oklahoma elephant exhibit on a very cold January morning in 2016, at just 37 years old. She had lost 1,000 pounds since she was shipped in from Woodland Park Zoo in Seattle.
This gut-wrenching footage reveals Chai in a severely emaciated and weak state, being hoisted on a crane after she was unable to stand up. After her death, Chai was found to have been suffering from a bacterial infection and untreated pus-filled abscesses, marking a gross failing of the zoo to provide basic animal care.
CREDIT: Public Record via Friends of Woodland Park Zoo Elephants