Zoo treating elephant that is suffering seizures

BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) – Officials at the zoo are hopeful they can treat a 33-year-old elephant with a neurologic disease.

Jothi, one of the Buffalo Zoo’z two Asian elephants, has a chronic disease that causes hemi-seizures, which affect half of her body.

The zoo’s resident veterinarian has been treating the animal for the last 18 months and has been able to control the seizure disorder for the most part. However, while she is being cared for, the zoo says the elephants may be off exhibit temporarily.

“Every treatment has been given and every precaution has been taken to ensure that Jothi has the very best quality of life we can provide,” said Donna Fernandes, president and CEO of the Buffalo Zoo. “We have been monitoring her condition on a regular basis and have been pleased that we have been able to ease her symptoms. I ask the public’s patience as we continue to treat her ailment.”

Jothi has been at the Buffalo Zoo since 1987 after working for six years in a logging camp in Madras, India.

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