Tyler zoo officials bury elephant on grounds

July 18, 2011 3:22:25 AM PDT
Officials of an East Texas zoo have buried the seven-ton carcass of the zoo's beloved African bull elephant on the zoo grounds after its recent death. The pachyderm, named Chico, died recently at the age of 46. Officials at the Caldwell Zoo in Tyler say he was the largest African bull elephant in North America when he died.

Zoo executive director Hayes Caldwell tells the Tyler Courier-Times-Telegraph that the zoo buries all of its animals on its 200 acres.