PORTLAND, Ore. ̵
Activists plan to protest and "illuminate the Oregon Zoo with projections to expose the zoo's history of maltreatment of elephants."
Activists will represent several groups, including Care2, Free the Oregon Zoo Elephants, Out "Pasture Sanctuary and Portland Animal Save."
"We are heartbroken when we hear that Lily, the little elephant at the Oregon Zoo, has died," said Lacey Kohlmoos, organizer of Care2. "No animal deserves to die in captivity."
The activists are concerned citizens of Portland say they are angry about the lack of care for the elephants in the Oregon Zoo and want to see the remaining elephants released. They also want the zoo to stop captive breeding ,
The Oregon Zoo made the following statement in response to the rally:
"Our hearts are with this group, along with everyone else who feels Lily's loss today." Our entire community is filled with sadness. If the Lilys wish to honor their memory, please help the National Elephant Herpesvirus Laboratory find a cure for the disease that kills young elephants both in our zoos and in the wild. "
In his release on Friday In the Oregon Zoo, Lily died of endotheliotropic herpesvirus, a rapidly progressive and often fatal disease. Particularly sensitive are elephant calves.
EEHV occurs in almost all Asian elephants, both in the wild population and in captivity. it causes only mild or no symptoms, but for unknown reasons it can sometimes lead to latencies and lead to diseases.
Once the disease becomes effective in calves, it is usually fatal and often kills them within days with intensive treatment.
On Wednesday, blood sample analysis from the Smithsonian lab showed that the virus was active in very low levels in Lily. The Oregon Zoo said at the time that there was no sign of d isease. However, the next morning, Lily showed signs of lethargy and lack of interest in food, prompting the veterinary staff to begin immediate treatment with fluids and antiviral drugs. She also received a transfusion.
Despite her efforts, Lily succumbed to the disease.
There is currently no vaccine against EEHV. Smithsonian and Johns Hopkins University scientists developed a blood test in 1999 that allows the virus to be recognized when it becomes active.
Once the virus is active, there is usually little time left to treat an elephant.
The Oregon Zoo says the virus is harder to detect and diagnose in wild elephants.