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Greenville Zoo Elephant Dies En Route To New Home

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The Greenville Zoo says Joy the elephant has passed away en route to her new home at the Cheyenne Mountain Zoo in Colorado.

In a news release Sunday, officials say age-related conditions likely caused her death. Zoo officials, who knew her as "Joni" say it's rare for an animal to pass away during a transport. Staff from both zoos worked together, monitoring the elephant at every stop, and having other zoos on standby in case the 44-year old elephant needed immediate care.

“Our entire zoo family is heartbroken over this profound loss,” said Jeff Bullock, Greenville Zoo Director in a news release. “Joni will be mourned not only by our community, but also the Colorado Springs community who were excited to welcome her to their family.”

Zoo officials will perform a post-mortem exam to determine the exact cause of death.

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