Marine World elephant euthanized after pregnancy complications

Posted Wednesday, November 27, 2002 9:47 AM | Contributed by supermandl

Officials at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo announced that Tika, a popular 24-year-old African elephant, was humanely euthanized on Monday. The elephant experienced massive and untreatable internal infections from complications of the death of her fetus during labor six weeks ago.

Read more from KTVU/San Francisco.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 10:26 AM
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 10:28 AM
How come they can't use rich dummy terms. It is so much easier to understand if they say they killed it.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 11:11 AM
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So everyone should drop down to your vocabulary level? I don't think so.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2002 11:31 AM
That's really sad. I always feel bad when they have to put animals down. I'm sure she will be missed.

As for wording, "humanely euthanized" implies a last-resort necessity. To simply say "killed" has all sorts of bad connotations. This is why there are professional PR people.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 11:38 AM

"Yuck," is all have to say.

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Wednesday, November 27, 2002 11:44 AM
That's so sad :( . I hope they find a new elephant.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 11:46 AM

How come they can't use rich dummy terms. It is so much easier to understand if they say they killed it. ....

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Wednesday, November 27, 2002 12:01 PM

I hate to hear stories like this. It's a loss of 2 beautiful creatures.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 12:41 PM
Well, if it was in pain then it was all they could do.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 12:48 PM
Look out for those limited edition Six Flags elephant foot umbrella stands in the gift shop.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 1:03 PM
22 month gestation and then baby and mother both die - that's pretty sad.
Wednesday, November 27, 2002 2:22 PM
Doesn't euthanasia mean that the elephant in this case, pushed a button to actually kill themselves? or am I wrong, as usual?


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Wednesday, November 27, 2002 2:34 PM
Euthanasia just implies being put to death painlessly, usually by lethal injection. It doesn't mean suicide.

Dr. Kevorkian is the one who gave it a bad name.

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 2:54 PM
Awww, that's so sad. I'm just glad MW tried everything they could to try and save her.

I just don't get it...

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 3:11 PM

elephants are intelligent beings who feel pain and loss...she might have had not only complications from the birth, but also was feeling the loss of the baby.

that can make it very hard to heal, human or elephant.

so sad...

Thanks for SAVING THE WHIZZER!! it couldn't happen to a better ride...

Wednesday, November 27, 2002 4:32 PM

Having spent most of my life with my father bouncing from one zoo to another.. This is not an uncommon thing.

It is much better for the elephant to be put down.. Sad.. but true..

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Thursday, November 28, 2002 5:48 PM
This is really tradgic, being a pass holder, I've seen Tika several times and following the whole pregnancy was exciting, then it all went bad. I hope SFMW doesn't face mass protests like they have in the past on opening day, because of supposed bad treatment of animals there.

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Thursday, November 28, 2002 11:28 PM
Oh wait I think they "euthanize" about 850 million animals each year for your kind nutrition. And then everybody goes bohoo for 1 elephant.
I mean, not that I wouldn't be sad for the elephant, because they're so smart+tender+impressive and also endangered and stuff, but ... oh and how about the millions of turkeys who's head gets chopped off each year for the sake of tradition. (Not that traditions would be a bad thing)... well, at least we don't get to see that... that happens somewhere in a meat production facility.

*** This post was edited by superman on 11/29/2002. ***

Saturday, November 30, 2002 6:59 PM

Yes but those animals don't have names, it's alright.

I'm a member of PETA. People for the Eating of Tasty Animals.

I'm so crass sometimes, so what.


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