Oregon Zoo’s elephant Sung-Surin has TB

Sung-Surin, better known as Shine, is 34

Asian elephant Shine in the North Meadow habitat, part of Elephant Lands at the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.
Asian elephant Shine in the North Meadow habitat, part of Elephant Lands at the Oregon Zoo. © Oregon Zoo / photo by Michael Durham.

PORTLAND, Ore. (KOIN) — Sung-Surin, a 34-year-old Asian elephant better known as Shine, has tuberculosis, Oregon Zoo officials said Thursday.

Veterinarians learned of the diagnosis Wednesday and will prepare a treatment regimen, officials said.

Shine hasn’t shown any signs of illness and is otherwise healthy, lead zoo veterinarian Dr. Tim Storms said in a statement.

“Shine has not shown any signs of illness, and with the proper medical care we’re optimistic that she never will. Our elephant-care team has great relationships with her, and that should be very helpful throughout the treatment process,” he said.

In the initial phase of treatment, Shine will be kept apart from the other elephants, none of whom have tested positive for TB.

Shine is the latest elephant at the Oregon Zoo to have TB. Rama and Tusko were successfully treated, officials said. However, they were both euthanized in 2015.

Just days before his 32nd birthday, Rama was euthanized in March 2015 due to the effects of a decades-old leg injury that limited his mobility and kept him in pain

Tusko, who was euthanized in December 2015, also had a decades-old leg injury that zookeepers say was only getting worse with time. He was 45.

Packy — the oldest male of his species in North American and one of the oldest in the world — was euthanized February 9 after battling TB for years. Packy was nearly 55.

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