The herd gathered around and nuzzled her with their trunks before walking away. Lola, who was three months old, was scheduled to be the first elephant to undergo an operation to fix a heart defect, but died during a CT scan when the embolism burst.
Zoo director Andreas Knieriem said last week, “The specialists say that this very difficult operation is Lola’s only hope, so we must do it. We have all fallen for her.”
She was brought back to the zoo so her herd, including her 22-year-old mother, Panang, could say goodbye. Elephants are widely believed to mourn the dead.