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Bronx Zoo's Storied Elephant Maxine Dies At 48

November 20, 2018 - 12:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- New York's 48-year-old Asian elephant is no longer with us.

Maxine the elephant spent 45 years at the Bronx Zoo but had to be put down Monday following a long health deterioration, zoo officials said.

“Everyone at the Bronx Zoo is deeply saddened by the loss of Maxine. Some of us have known and worked with her for over 40 years, as she came to the zoo in 1973,” Bronx Zoo Director Jim Breheny said in a statement Tuesday.

Breheny said Maxine was no longer eating, so the zoo made the decision to euthanize her.

“She died a peaceful death, surrounded by the keepers, curators and veterinarians who had cared for her throughout her life,” he said.

Another elephant, 48-year-old Patty, who had lived with Maxine for years was given the chance to spend time with Maxine after she died.

Last month, animal rights advocates filed a legal claim in the name of Happy, another elephant at the Bronx Zoo.  

The advocates say 47-year-old Happy should be moved to a larger sanctuary, having lived alone since the death of her mate back in 2002.

The zoo dismisses the claim, saying Happy is happy where she is.

In his statement, Breheny said Patty and Happy “seem to be coping well” with the death of Maxine and that the zoo “will continue to watch them closely.”

He also said the zoo will be assessing its elephant program following Maxine’s death.