Asian elephant Tusko, one of the oldest and largest males of his species in North America, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo today after animal-care staff determined they could no longer help pain and mobility issues stemming from a decades-old leg injury.
A former circus elephant, Tusko traveled around the continent for many years before finding his forever home with Portland’s elephant family in 2005. He was one of the largest bull elephants in the country, weighing around 13,000 pounds. At nearly 45 years old, he was also one of the oldest males of his species.
Tusko was the father of both Sumadra & Lily, the last two elephants born at the Oregon Zoo. He is seen below with Lily. Tusko will be missed by all.