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Indianapolis Zoo: Young Elephant Dies After Brief Illness

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Six-year-old African elephant Nyah died Tuesday morning. (Courtesy photo: Indianapolis Zoo, Facebook)

The Indianapolis Zoo says a 6-year-old African elephant has died there following a brief illness.

The zoo announced the death of the elephant, Nyah, on Tuesday.

The zoo said in a Facebook post that Nyah started showing signs of abdominal discomfort Sunday and veterinarians immediately began care. The symptoms seemed typical of mild colic and she was drinking and eating, but symptoms progressed rapidly and she died Tuesday morning.

The zoo says a necropsy is being conducted to understand the cause of death.

"Nyah was a beautiful, fun and curious elephant, often seen following her big sister Zahara around," the zoo said in a Facebook post. "We know that elephants grieve and each elephant in the herd was with Nyah after she died today to help them understand why she will not be with them anymore."

Nyah was born and raised at the Indianapolis Zoo.

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