Misha the elephant dies at Hogle Zoo

27-year-old animal is euthanized due to declining health

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  • campqueen
    Sept. 24, 2008 10:45 a.m.

    Yes, elephants do have feelings and they do 'pay respects' they nurture, they touch trunks, they rock back and forth, you should check out the animal planet and learn some interesting facts. we, mankind, does not have all the answers...

  • lucylou
    Sept. 19, 2008 10:15 p.m.

    Everyone truly interested learning the truth about elephants should take time to visit Jenny's (an African elephant at the Dallas Zoo)my space page Jenny's Song. Please take time to educate yourself about what commonly happens to elephants during capture, training (re:--torture)and then life in a small exhibit for years. Find out what some real experts have to say. You'll be suprised to find out what happens to an elephant when they live without a chance to exercise or have a proper surface to lay down and sleep. Yes --they prefer to lay down to sleep and give those legs and feet a break....
    I'm not an animal activist just a concerned citizen.

  • PapaCorn
    Sept. 16, 2008 11:33 a.m.

    Pay their respects? Wow. I have never witnessed an elephant paying respects. Can anyone explain what transpires?

  • you ran this story
    Sept. 13, 2008 11:09 a.m.

    three days ago. weird.

  • Re: Animal Lover
    Sept. 13, 2008 10:52 a.m.

    Everyone with a terminal illness who is in pain should have the choice of choosing euthanasia if they choose. I would never let my beloved animal live in pain. You better be careful for what you wish for! It's time people stop thinking they know what is best for everyone else.

  • Euthanize people too!
    Sept. 13, 2008 8:34 a.m.

    I think we treat animals better than people. When people are suffering, bed-ridden and have a diminishing quality of life we make them suffer to the very bitter end so hospitals, hospice, and others with their hands extended can make money. When it comes to animals, we do the humane thing. Go figure!!!!

  • to animaol lover
    Sept. 13, 2008 6:04 a.m.

    It would appear that, like many others who claim to love animals, you don't have a very good understanding of the violent and brutal life in nature. Animals live by killing and eating other animals. As stated in the story, elephants in captivity live longer than those in the wild.
    The latest craze about wolves is a good example of the brutality of nature. These animals run their victims and bite them until they can no longer run and then start eating them alive. I doubt that an animal killed in this fashion is happier than one living in the Hogle Zoo.

  • Steve-Re: Animal Lover&Anonymous
    Sept. 11, 2008 3:26 p.m.

    Animal Lover:

    I too think it only fair to let people be euthanized too if they want. If it's the "humane" thing to do for them, then why not us as well (if it's the human patient's choice)?

    But about your comment about an elephant living in a zoo... just because it's living in a zoo doesn't mean it's in pain. And how do you know it isn't happy? Sure it would be happier in wide open spaces... but keep in mind that the Elephant is endangered and poachers kill them in droves just to get the tusks. If we didn't have them in zoos they'd likely soon go extinct (the same for many another animals like tigers and gorillas).


    3 elephant deaths in 7 years, is that here at Hogle? You say "not good", which implies that the zoo is at fault. The zoo however clearly wasn't at fault with this latest one, the elephant unexpectadely became gravely ill. I'm certain it's the same with the other two (old age or illness... something that would also happen in the wild).

  • Anonymous
    Sept. 11, 2008 12:59 p.m.

    3 elephant deaths in 7 years, that's not a good record.

  • Animal Lover
    Sept. 11, 2008 11:57 a.m.

    Ive never understood the mentality of someone who wants to kill an animal because he/she thinks that animal is in pain or not having the quality of life it should have. Its a elephant living in a zoo, of course its in pain and not living the life it wants!! Under the same mentality why are we not euthanize our older generation. Their in pain, not living the life they want. So lets just kill them now. Oh wait that would be cruel, but to do it to a beautiful animal is ok? Whats wrong with us??

  • name
    Sept. 11, 2008 11:51 a.m.

    Isn't it Christie that is expecting, not Dari?

    Well, at least that is what the zoo staff said when I was there last Saturday.