Very sad news out of the Houston Zoo today. Bella had to be euthanized. Bella was the Houston Zoo’s baby elephant and was only 8 months old.

She broke her leg a few days ago and even though the Houston Zoo flew in a surgeon there was nothing they could do and she had to be put down today.

The main reason that I am find this all so remarkably sad is that the zoo had lost another baby elephant in December 2003. That baby had complications right after birth and there was nothing the staff could do. The gestation period is approximately 22 months for an elephant so the staff had prepared almost 2 years for the birth and ended up losing the baby. The article I read on the event was so sad and very touching.

Then Bella came along and things were happy and joyful down at the Zoo again. I’m so sorry that they are having to go through all of this again. My sympathies to the entire zoo staff.

You can send your condolences to the Elephant Keepers and the Zoo Staff at

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  1. Susan Drabek (unregistered) on April 24th, 2005 @ 1:54 pm

    Thank you for your kind words about Bella and the zoo staff….my daughter is an elephant keeper at the zoo and they are having a very hard time right now with their loss. They put a great deal of themselves into the care of the baby as well as the other adult elephants….they are all committed to their care and the elephants are well taken care of. It makes me upset about organizations that have negative comments to make of the zoo and the elephant care. I was one of the few who interacted with Bella after her birth and she was truly a very unique animal with her own special personality. It is difficult to hand raise a baby from birth and the zoo staff should be commended for their efforts in trying so hard to give her the best they could.
    Thank you

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