A necropsy will be performed to determine how one of Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium’s elephants died yesterday during a procedure to repair a cracked tusk. Warren was one of the elephants that arrived from Swaziland, Africa in 2016. He stopped breathing during surgery and passed away.
Curator Dan Cassidy says it is obvious that the entire herd is in mourning at the loss of Warren. He says, “They all came in very quietly and stood around in an unusual fashion for them. Usually they are moving around a lot and making a lot of noise. They were very quiet and each one reached out in turn and touched Warren.” Cassidy says Warren had a very special relationship with two of the female elephants and played with them often. He says those two elephants will probably be looking for him for the next several days.
Warren was one of two male elephants at the zoo Officials had hoped that Warren would be a good breeder to increase the size of the zoo’s herd. Cassidy says they will now have to rely on Louie for breeding purposes. Louie was brought to the Omaha zoo earlier this year from Ohio.