† Miss Bets is a dead Female ♀ African savanna elephant (Loxodonta africana), , who died 2019-02-09 at Fresno Chaffee Zoological Gardens, in United States, . Official death reason described as Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus EEHV3B.
Miss Bets was born captive-born 2007-12-08 at Riddles Elephant and Wildlife Sanctuary.
Sire (f):WillieBorn: 1979
Dame m:AmyBorn: 1987
Miss Betts was born to first-time mother Amy at 5:18 AM. She weighed 263 pounds and measured 35 inches tall at the shoulder. She was named after renowned elephant researcher Elizabeth "Betts" Rasmussen.
There were different reports about her death:
2019: Amy, a 30-year-old African elephant at the Fresno Chaffee Zoo, had to be euthanized Monday due to a rapid decline in her health, according to the Fresno Chaffee Zoo.
From the later 2019 annual report:
Early February 11-year-old female African elephant Miss Betts displayed decreased appetite and abnormal
behaviors believed to be related to be Colic.
She was treated supportively and seemed improved later that day. The next day she was markedly worse and progressively declined.
Despite intensive care efforts to treat her she passed away that evening. Initial testing for EEHV
was negative, and her Necropsy
(animal version of autopsy) pointed to clostridium bacterial toxin as the cause of her illness.
Later Post mortem testing demonstrated that her initial EEHV
results were a false negative and Miss Betts actually had a marked spike in EEHV
numbers and virus replicating throughout her body and the diagnosis was made that EEHV
was the major contributing agent to her sudden death.
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