The ailing African elephant ‘Noor Jehan’ has died, according to Karachi Administrator Saif Ur Rehman, after all, efforts to save her failed.
“The elephant has had a fever since yesterday.” “Everything was done to save her,” the administrator stated in a statement about the animal, who had been suffering from severe health difficulties for several days.
Noor Jehan was pin-pricked by drops and repeatedly sprayed with water to keep her cool in her final days.
The administrator stated that the 17-year-old was recently treated by overseas vets from FOUR PAWS International as he voiced his grief over Noor Jehan’s death.
The zoo’s administrators stated that Noor Jehan had surgery a few months ago and that after the most recent one, she had trouble walking.
“A few days ago, Noor Jehan sat in the pond but was unable to get up,” the administration noted.
The 17-year-old African elephant was taken to Karachi for emergency treatment for a tumor on April 5, but collapsed a few days later and has since remained on its side.
Animal rights groups in Pakistan and overseas have shared Noor Jehan’s wretched predicament on social media, prompting calls for the zoo to be closed down.
Pakistan’s zoos are routinely accused of ignoring animal welfare, and in 2020, a court ordered the closure of the country’s only facility in the country’s capital due to its dilapidated status.
Islamabad’s zoo was closed down in 2019 after receiving widespread attention for its treatment of an Asian elephant named Kaavan.
Kavaan was then taken to Cambodia for retirement in a scheme spearheaded by US popstar and actor Cher and carried out by Four Paws.