PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) – The Oregon Zoo reopened its doors Saturday, October 30th, 2009, the staff could grieve the sudden death of Lily the baby.
But, crowds returned to the zoo, a group of animal Rights activist lined up outside calling for a boycott.
According to Courtney Scott, with the group of Free Oregon Zoo Elephants, they and their fellow activists are asking about the zoo to close its
Scott alleges 21 of 28 elephants born in the Oregon zoo have died.
But zoo officials tell FOX 12
The zoo's veterinarians have confirmed Lily's cause of death was Elephant Endotheliotropic herpesvirus, or EEHV, a disease with a high mortality rate in free and captive elephants alike.
And, they say, Lily's is the first known EEHV-linked death at the Oregon Zoo.
Regardless, Scott says she'd like to see herd along with Lily's mother Rose-Tu, freed
"Every time this animal is here is a lot of it out of sympathy for zoo staff and we understand that, but we have to look at it in a while. You know? She lost her baby. "
The non-profit is also asking the Oregon Zoo to end its breeding program.
A zoo spokesperson tells me, their hearts go out to everyone's grief-stricken lily's death, including the protesters but their anger is misdirected.
The Oregon Zoo released the following statement, saying in part: "We ask that anyone to pay their respects." "