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Zoo’s Youngest Elephant Dies From Viral Illness

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Thorn, a 3-year-old Asian elephant at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, died early Christmas Day from elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus, or EEHV, which causes hemorrhagic disease, zoo officials said.

Traces of the virus were detected in a routine blood test on Dec. 15 and treatment was immediately begun, which included antiviral medications and fluids and regular infusions of plasma, whole blood and stem cells.

Zoo staff received assistance from the National Elephant Herpesvirus Lab at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., as well as guidance from other zoos that have treated elephants with EEHV, according to a BioPark news release issued late Saturday.

“Our whole team is devastated by the passing of our young Thorn,” BioPark director Stephanie Stowell said. “EEHV is a terrible disease that impacts Asian elephants worldwide. Our team worked tirelessly and did everything they could to save Thorn.”

All elephants can carry EEHV in a latent state through their entire lives without negative effects. It is not known why the virus sometimes becomes active, but when it does it can progress rapidly, according to zoo officials.

Young elephants from 18 months to 8 years are more susceptible to EEHV, while older elephants are less susceptible to the virus because their immune system is more robust.

The news release did not indicate if the zoo’s five remaining elephants had tested positive for EEHV or were being treated for the virus.

The death of Thorn comes on the heels of a shigella bacteria outbreak at the zoo earlier this year that claimed the lives of four primates, including a western lowland gorilla and three members of a siamang family.

Thorn was born in 2018, at the ABQ BioPark Zoo to mother Rozie, then 25, and father Samson, 20, who shared the same May 4 birthday as Thorn. Samson was subsequently transferred to the Oregon Zoo as part of a breeding program.

Asian elephants are indigenous to southern and southeastern Asia, from India and southern China into Vietnam, Malaysia and Indonesia. They are considered critically endangered in the wild, where their native habitats are shrinking because of human encroachment, poaching and being struck by trains and other vehicles, according to various animal and wildlife conservation sites.

 

Original Article: abqjournal.com

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Ohio Partisan Divide Again Thwarts 10-year Legislative Maps

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Democrats and Republicans failed to come together despite extensive behind-the-scenes negotiations.

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Adele Surprises Fans in Las Vegas After Postponed Residency

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Giving back. Celebrities may be beloved by people around the world, but it’s not a one-sided relationship. Stars such as Taylor Swift, Nicki Minaj and Keith Urban adore their fans right back, going out of their way to make sure their supporters know that they are appreciated through acts of kindness.

For some, like Drake and Katy Perry, that means getting in some serious face time with their admirers, while others help out in more creative ways: J.K. Rowling lent her signature for an uber-personal tattoo, while Thor’s Chris Hemsworth gave a traveling fan a lift to his destination.

In 2021, single mom Angelia Cantrell set up a GoFundMe page, asking for assistance to keep her home after she lost her husband to COVID-19. As she continued her pleas, Kim Kardashian quietly donated $3,000 to the cause.

“When I saw the donation, I literally fell to the floor in tears. I shared my GoFundMe link with several celebrities, including Supernatural TV stars Alaina Huffman and Lisa Berry who donated as well, just simply asking them to share,” Cantrell told Entertainment Tonight at the time. “I never dreamed that celebrities would take notice of our story, let alone donate. … Words cannot describe how blessed and thankful we are. This, by far, has been one of the biggest miracles God has given.”

Cantrell further discussed the Skims mogul’s generosity: “During this difficult time in my life, I prayed daily and continuously kept my faith throughout. When I received the donation, I had hours left to gather the money and pay my landlord to avoid eviction. Words cannot describe how blessed and thankful we are. This, by far, has been one of the biggest miracles God has given.”

Less than a year earlier, the Keeping Up With the Kardashians alum announced via social media that she wanted to “spread the love” by sending 1,000 fans $500 in December 2021. She wanted to help those who were “struggling, worried about how they’re going pay rent” or “put food on the table” amid the holiday season.

The KKW Beauty founder is not the first celebrity to give back to her devoted fans. Shaquille O’Neal once paid for a young man’s engagement ring for his bride-to-be after they met in a jewelry store.

“Whenever I leave the house, I just try to do a good deed,” the professional athlete revealed during an April 2021 episode of NBA on TNT. “I’m just trying to make people smile, that’s all.”

Scroll through for more stars who have taken the time to say ‘thank you’ to the ones who made them famous.

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Bottle-fed Baby Orangutan at New Orleans Zoo Fascinates Other Apes

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New Orleans’ Audubon Zoo is hand-raising a month-old Sumatran orangutan infant after complications emerged with the mother’s lactation.

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