From ABC, May 14, 2007
PERTH ZOO PUTS DOWN SICK ELEPHANT
The youngest elephant at Perth Zoo has been put down after an exhaustive battle to save her life.
Officials say 17 year-old Teduh has suffered from muscular skeletal weakness for years, making it difficult for her to lie down and get up.
The condition also meant she lacked co-ordination in using her trunk.
The Zoo's Chief Executive Susan Hunt says the muscular problem continued to get worse, and recently Teduh developed abdominal pain and lost her appetite.
"The decision was made after exhaustive medical efforts to assist Teduh who had a long standing medical condition involving generalised muscular skeletal weakness," she said.
"Over the past week, our veterinary team has done everything possible including administering fluids and anti-inflammatories in a concerted effort to see if we could turn things around."
"Unfortunately, Teduh's condition didn't improve and the decision was made to euthanase her on humane grounds."
Teduh arrived in Perth in 1992 and was the most active of the Zoo's three female Asian Elephants.