A 55-year old female elephant named Neneng has died at Medan Zoo in North Sumatra after reportedly losing her appetite to eat for days.
Sucitrawan, the zoo’s veterinarian, said Neneng’s health condition had deteriorated drastically over the weekend after she had constantly rejected meals in the past week.
Prior to her death, the doctor’s team had tried to boost the giant mammal’s stamina by injecting at least 57 bottles of an isotonic fluid, Ringer’s lactate solution, and glucose solution into her vein, but to no avail.
After days of struggle, Neneng died on Saturday at around 10:30 a.m. Her carcass was sent to a laboratory for an autopsy to determine the cause of death.
“In the meantime, we conclude [preliminarily] that the animal has died of old age,” Sucitrawan said.
Medan acting mayor Akhyar Nasution, who visited the Zoo right after hearing about Neneng’s death, said he felt saddened by the news. He underlined that the “public have to know about the lab’s result.”
Medan Zoo’s manager, city-owned Pembangunan Medan, claimed that elephants at the zoo had always received special attention and abundant amounts of food.