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Zoo Heartbroken by Lily’s Death

The Oregon Zoo is in mourning following the sudden and unexpected loss of Lily, the youngest of the zoo elephant family, one day before her sixth birthday. Despite exhaustive efforts by veterinarians and care staff to save her, Lily succumbed late Thursday night to a sudden onset of endotheliotropic herpesvirus, a rapidly progressing and often fatal disease to which calves are particularly susceptible, zoo officials said. “I can’t imagine a more devastating loss for this zoo family and our community,” said Dr. Don Moore, zoo director.