One of nation's oldest elephants dies in Springfield

Thursday, August 5, 2010 | 7:03 a.m. CDT

SPRINGFIELD — An elephant believed to be one of the oldest in the country has died at a southwest Missouri zoo.

Dickerson Park Zoo spokeswoman Melinda Arnold says Ol' C.C. died early Wednesday in a barn for female elephants at the Springfield zoo.

Arnold says the elephant was being treated for an infection and spinal problem, but had seemed to be recovering.

The Springfield News-Leader reports that Ol' C.C. arrived at the zoo from Thailand in 1954. Arnold says her exact age wasn't known, but the elephant was believed to have been 61 years old.

The zoo says she was was the fourth-oldest elephant living in zoos accredited by the Association of Zoos and Aquariums, and was one of the 15 oldest elephants listed in the Asian elephant studbook for North America.

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