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Posted: Saturday, January 14, 2012 12:00 am | Updated: 6:47 am, Sat Jan 14, 2012.

Sabu, an Asian bull elephant who retired to a Northern California wildlife sanctuary 14 months ago from the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, died Wednesday from complications of severe arthritis. He was a resident of the Performing Animals Welfare Society.

The Galt-based nonprofit cares for more than 100 animals, most of them retired from circuses and zoos, at three sanctuaries in Northern California.

Sabu collapsed in his sleeping stall at ARK 2000 in San Andreas, which features natural habitats for elephants, lions, tigers and bears on 2,300 acres of property. Veterinarians ended the elephant's life after determining he would be unable to stand again because of weakness and pain in his joints, according to an announcement from PAWS.

Sabu was born 30 years ago at the Portland Zoo, and two years later began performing in circuses, according to PAWS.

His arthritis was exceptionally severe for an animal his age, a necropsy found. The condition may have been caused or aggravated by the demands of performing, PAWS said.

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1 comment:

  • Dan Koehl posted at 11:55 pm on Mon, Jan 16, 2012.

    DanKoehl Posts: 1

    On my blog, http://dankoehl.blogspot.com/2012/01/tuberculosis-in-two-elephant.html
    I discuss the hidden facts, e.g. Sabus Tuberculosis condition, that no article mantion, and that PAWS seem to forgot to mention for journalists.

    A nameless person wrote: necropsy showed that he had arthritis so severe it would be expected to be found in an elephant almost twice his age.How How could Ms. Zerbini not detect any problems in the years he was under her care?

    1. We dont know if such a necropsy protocol is existing, only that various Internet articles says this, but did they read that necropsy protocol?

    2. PAWS wrote in their 2010 newsletter: Prince and Sabu, both retired performing elephants, are in good health so we expect them to be with us for a very long time. In this newsletter is also mentioned a very cool and rainy spring.

    3. This means, according to Mrs Zerbini, he showed no severe arthritis symptoms in warm Florida, and on arrival in PAWS, according to PAWS own newsletter he didnt show severe arthiritis symptoms, PAWS use the words are in good health so we expect them to be with us for a very long time.

    4. Conclusion:
    A. either Sabu did not die because of severe arthiritis, and theres is another reason to his death, or
    B. The conditions at PAWS caused him a severe arthritis in only one year.



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