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Greenville Zoo elephant being treated for illness

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Elephants Joy and Ladybird at Greenville Zoo (Greenville Zoo / Facebook) Elephants Joy and Ladybird at Greenville Zoo (Greenville Zoo / Facebook)
Elephants Joy and Ladybird at Greenville Zoo (Greenville Zoo / Facebook) Elephants Joy and Ladybird at Greenville Zoo (Greenville Zoo / Facebook)
Elephants Joy and Ladybird at Greenville Zoo (Greenville Zoo / Facebook) Elephants Joy and Ladybird at Greenville Zoo (Greenville Zoo / Facebook)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Ladybird, one of the Greenville Zoo's African elephants, is undergoing treatment and close observation for a medical condition, zoo officials said.

Officials said one of the keepers was bringing Ladybird inside when he noticed something out of the ordinary. As a result, she has been receiving supportive care, including oral fluids and high fiber foods. She may also be taken off exhibit, officials said, while she recovers.

"Ladybird has shown signs of improvement today, she is bright, alert and responding well to her keepers," said Dr. Heather Miller, Greenville Zoo deputy administrator for animal health on Sunday. "Tests show that she is also staying hydrated, but we will be watching her condition very closely."

Zoo spokesman Jeff Bullock didn't specify exactly what the illness was but confirmed Ladybird is still undergoing medical care on Monday night.

Greenville Zoo staff are working with medical teams from other regional animal parks and zoos to treat the animal.

"We have been amazed at the overwhelming support received from local resources, including veterinarians, other AZA accredited zoos and city departments who are all working toward a single goal of ensuring Ladybird has the best care possible," said Greenville Zoo Director Jeff Bullock. "Our dedicated team will continue to work together to make sure Ladybird's medical and psychological needs are met during her illness."

Ladybird, who is almost 44 years old, is considered elderly. Bullock said the median life expectancy of African elephants is 37.9 years. She has been a part of the zoo family since 2006, Bullock said.

Officials said Joy, the Greenville Zoo's other female African elephant, is healthy and will remain on exhibit.

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