Lucas the elephant dies at Toledo Zoo

TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) – The Toledo Zoo had some sad news on Wednesday when it announced the death of Lucas the elephant. Lucas was nine years old.

The announcement was made in a video address that you can see above.

According to the Toledo Zoo, Lucas died of a virus called Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV), a virus that is common in the elephant population. Zoo officials say the virus was first spotted in Lucas on April 7, and caretakers immediately started treatment. This treatment included regular blood transfusions. Despite these measures, he did not survive.

Lucas caught attention when he was born in 2011, in part because captive-born African elephants are very rare in the United States. The zoo held a naming competition for him and the name Lucas won more than 3,000 of the roughly 8,000 votes that were submitted for the competition in a landslide.

Lucas had a brother, Louie, born in 2003, who was transferred to Omaha in 2017. Her mother Renee still lives at the zoo.

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