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DALLAS (AP) — The oldest female African elephant at the Dallas Zoo has died of age-related health issues.
Mama the pachyderm was 45 years old.
Zoo officials on Thursday announced the death of the elephant, who for months underwent special health care including heat-lamp treatments.
Authorities say Mama weighed about 4 tons when she arrived at the Dallas Zoo in 2010. A zoo statement says she loved sweets, sugar cane and enjoyed being groomed.
Her death Wednesday leaves four other female elephants at the Dallas Zoo — Gypsy, Jenny, Congo and Kamba — at the Giants of the Savanna exhibit.
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