One of the oldest elephants in the world, living in the Australian zoo, shocked fans with sad news from his keepers.
Perth Zoo keepers and visitors are bracing for the worst after news that the iconic resident’s health is rapidly deteriorating.
At 65, Trisha is the oldest elephant cared for by a zoo in Australasia and one of the oldest elephants in the world.
Trisha has taken great care of her health throughout her twilight years, bringing joy to generations of visitors.
As one of the zoo’s oldest residents, she receives treatment and support for various age-related complaints.
However, caretakers and veterinary staff reported that her health had deteriorated dramatically over the past week.
“Trisha is examined daily and has teams of people dedicated to her health care and wellbeing, but we know we don’t have long to travel with our grand old lady,” the zoo said in a statement.
“It’s an everyday offer.”
The zoo said the decision on when to say goodbye to Trisha will be made based on the best veterinary advice and what is best for a dignified and respectful end to her life.
Trisha was born in Vietnam in 1957 and came to Perth in 1963. after Miss Australia 1962, Trisha Reschke.
In 2018, the Perth Zoo announced that it would no longer have elephants after Trisha’s death.
The decision was made in connection with the wider transition to “herd enclosures” at the international level.
At the time, then Environment Minister Stephen Dawson explained that the zoo’s relatively smaller size meant it could not accommodate a functioning herd with a few elephants.
Originally published as Sad news for Australia’s oldest elephant: Keepers warn of the worst