UPDATE (March 27, 2018) – The Grant’s Farm family continues to mourn the loss of Bud. We want to thank everyone for sharing their condolences, as well as their fond memories of our beloved African elephant.The latest test results confirm that Bud passed away of bacterial pneumonia. At this time, our team of veterinarians and independent animal health experts do not have any concerns about the health of the other elephants, but will continue to monitor them closely and will be conducting additional tests to determine if antibiotics or other precautionary measures should be taken.
ST. LOUIS (March 19, 2018) – Our Grant’s Farm family is deeply saddened by the sudden loss of our beloved African elephant Bud, who died of a respiratory infection over the weekend. Bud resided at Grant’s Farm since 1986 and entertained hundreds of thousands of guests with a sharp intelligence and charming personality as great as his size.
The preliminary diagnosis from our veterinarian team indicates Bud had a respiratory infection. Like all of our animals at Grant’s Farm, Bud received weekly check-ups and routine testing that did not show any signs of infection. We are doing additional testing with our veterinarians and with independent animal health experts to confirm the exact type of infection and any additional precautions we should take to maintain the health of our animals. We expect to have more information soon and will keep the community updated on what we learn.
The quality of care we provide all of the animals at Grant’s Farm is of the utmost importance. We are keeping a close eye on our elephants, including Mickey, who is currently living with a brain tumor. Mickey continues to be a vibrant part of the Grant’s Farm family, but we know she, along with fellow elephants Toby and Max, will greatly miss Bud.
The team will continue to focus on educating our guests on the history, heritage and wildlife of Grant’s Farm as we prepare for our 2018 season.
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