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Grant's Farm Loses Last Elephant, 4th to Die This Year

Max had been with Grant’s Farm since 2013, when he came to St. Louis from an elephant sanctuary in Arkansas.

December 14, 2018 - 10:24 am
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ST. LOUIS COUNTY (KMOX) - Grant's Farm started this calendar year with four elephants alive and well, but all four have since died.

Max, the last remaining African elephant on the farm, passed away Wednesday evening, Grant's Farm stated in a Facebook post:

Max's death comes just two weeks after it was announced that elephants Toby and Mickey had died.

Max had been with Grant’s Farm since 2013, when he came to St. Louis from an elephant sanctuary in Arkansas. He was 14 years old.

The elephant's death seems to have come unexpectedly, as Grant's Farm says they are "devastated by the loss."

"While his regular tests in recent months did not show any signs of concern, we know that as a herd animal, he was greatly impacted by the recent deaths of Toby and Mickey," a statement reads.

Toby lived to be 38 years old - 14 years longer than the median age for a male African elephant. Mickey, a 34-year-old female African elephant, had been suffering from a brain tumor for the past several years. Another African elephant, Bud, died in March due to a respiratory infection.

A message was shared on Anheuser-Busch.com:

"Grant’s Farm is devastated by the loss of our beloved African elephant Max, who passed away on Wednesday evening. Max had been with Grant’s Farm since 2013, when he came to us from an elephant sanctuary in Arkansas.

As with our other elephants, Max had been closely monitored by our veterinary staff.  While his regular tests in recent months did not show any signs of concern, we know that as a herd animal, he was greatly impacted by the recent deaths of Toby and Mickey.

The passing of our elephants has been heartbreaking for our Grant’s Farm family.  We appreciate the outpouring of love and support."