One Of World's Oldest Elk Dies In WatertownPosted: Updated:
An elk, which was believed to be one of the oldest in the world, has died in Watertown.
The New York State Zoo at Thompson Park announced Monday that Rosie passed away at the age of 26.
The Roosevelt elk was euthanized due to deteriorating health on August 3 while under zookeeper and veterinary care.
Rosie was born in Syracuse, New York at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo on June 3, 1992. She was gifted to the New York State Zoo at Thompson Park a year later and remained there since. She has mothered many calves during her time here, including Aspen, a male elk who currently resides at the zoo.
Rosie was suspected to be one of the oldest living elk in the world, according to international zoological databases. The average lifespan of an elk is 13 years; however, Rosie lived double that at 26 years.
Although her health was recently declining, the zoo said she spent the past year as the alpha female of the herd.