By Associated Press - Friday, May 5, 2017

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) - Officials at a South Carolina zoo say they decided to euthanize an elephant after she fell and was unable to get up.

Riverbanks Zoo spokeswoman Susan O’Cain told local media that one of three African elephants at the zoo, Penny, stumbled and fell and was unable to get up late Thursday morning.

The exhibit was closed and zoo officials said the decision was made later Thursday to euthanize the 37-year-old elephant.

O’Cain said there had been no previous indication that Penny was sick. She had been at Riverbanks since 2001.

A necropsy will be performed to determine what led to Penny’s medical crisis. Those results are not expected for several weeks.

Another of the zoo’s elephants, Petunia, was euthanized in December. She had been suffering from medical problems.

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