"Lily was the darling of the zoo. She was loved by everyone from her elephant family to the people who cared for her every day to her thousands of fans. Our staff did everything they could and fought to save her until the very end. Everyone is mourning here. It is just heartbreaking," Dr. Don Moore, zoo director, told KPTV.
Zoo officials said almost all Asian elephants, both wild and in captivity, have EEHV. Most of the time it has either mild or no symptoms. But in some cases, it can become active, and that's when it is usually deadly, causing death in a few days no matter the treatment, KPTV reported.