Sunday, February 16, 2020 4:56 PM EST
By The Associated Press, AP
TACOMA, Wash. (AP) — Officials at Tacoma's Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium say an Asian elephant that spent more than 20 years at the facility was euthanized Saturday night. The zoo says Hanoko the elephant was 56 years old and had suffered a “severe decline in her health." The Tacoma News Tribune reports veterinarians diagnosed Hanoko with cancer in 2018 and with tuberculosis in 2019. Zoo officials say she suffered from advanced joint disease and had stopped eating her regular diet. Pain medication had not eased her discomfort. The zoo says the median life expectancy for female Asian elephants in human care is 47 years.