Elephant dies at Columbus Zoo; 5th animal to die since spring

The Columbus Zoo reports the death of a seven-year-old Asian elephant.

The zoo says Ganesh was found dead in his stall Tuesday morning when his keeper arrived for work. The cause of death wasn’t immediately known.

The animal had been on loan from Cincinnati’s zoo, where he was born in 1998. He was moved to Columbus in 2003 after becoming difficult to handle.

The Columbus zoo is said to have better facilities for male elephants. It also has four other Asian elephants.

This is the fifth Columbus Zoo animal to die since the spring. Earlier this year two giraffes and two zebras died at the facility.