Portland's Oregon Zoo closed Friday after Thursday's unexpected death of Lily, a 6-year-old Asian elephant known as the "Zoo's Darling," according to the US Federal Institute closed the director of the park.
Lily, the youngest member of the zoo's elephant family, had diagnosed an active strain of endotheliotropic herpesvirus on Wednesday, but did not show any immediate symptoms, the zoologist said in a statement.
When she was lethargic and uninterested in food on Thursday morning, veterinarians treated her with fluids, medications, and a transfusion, but to no avail. Lily succumbed to the virus infection late Thursday night – one day before her sixth birthday, the newspaper reported.
"I can not imagine a more devastating loss for this zoo family and our community," zoo director Don Moore said of the Oregoners. "Lily was the zoo's darling and was loved by all the people in her elephant family for the people who cared for her thousands of fans every day."
"I can not imagine a more devastating loss to this zoo family and our community Lily was the zoo's darling, loved by all the people in her elephant family for the people who cared for her thousands of fans every day."
Her mother Rose-Tu and the people who cared for her since she was born around Lily as she passed by, said a statement on the zoo's Facebook.  "Veterinarians and nurses did everything to save them, and Lily fought hard to the end," said the statement. "Lily has given pleasure to everyone she met. This is a heartbreaking loss for the herd and our entire community.
The zoo in Oregon was closed all Friday, even for the planned evening ZooLights. It was reported on Saturday, Fox 12 Oregon.