Connie, left, and Shaba shared an enclosure in Tucson for 30 years. They were moved in February to the San Diego Zoo's Elephant Odyssey, which has facilities for sick and elderly elephants. Connie suffered from urinary- and reproductive-tract infections.
Connie, a 45-year-old Asian elephant who spent most of her life at the Reid Park Zoo, was euthanized at her new home in San Diego Thursday after urinary- and reproductive-tract infections caused a serious decline in her health.
In this story, heartbreak starts with congratulations. After Hizzoner sealed the deal on the future of our elephants, moving Connie and Shaba to San Diego together, the congratulations came rolling in to Tracy Toland and Jessica Shuman.