07 April 2008

Elephant Euthanized

Good Lord, when I first spotted this story I thought they were coming for me. And just before I swore off blogging about Kwame Kilpatrick I actually read the article.

Winky the elephant euthanized by caregivers

Winky, one of two aging Asian elephants that left the Detroit Zoo in April 2005, was euthanized today at the Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) sanctuary in San Andreas, Calif. She was 56 and suffered from severe arthritis for years.

"Winky's death was not unexpected, but it is heartbreaking nonetheless," said Detroit Zoological Society Executive Director Ron Kagan in a prepared statement. "We are comforted to know that her quality of life for the past three years was as good as it possibly could have been, and we're grateful to the staff at PAWS for the excellent care she received and the environment she retired to." (The Detroit News -- Monday, April 7, 2008 )

Better you than me, Winky