Scots Wildlife Park releases sad news of elk death just months after giving birth to calf

A Scottish animal park has announced the sad news that one of its popular animals has passed away.

Posting on their official Facebook page, the Highland Wildlife Park near Kingussie, revealed that their Eurasian elk, Cas, had been put to sleep after being found unconscious one morning.

She leaves behind a young calf that she gave birth to in mid-May.

Keepers at the park run by the Royal Zoological Society of Scotland wrote: “We are saddened to report the loss of our elk, Cas.

“Guardians found her unresponsive and after exhausting all alternatives, our vets advised putting her to sleep to avoid pain.

“She will be missed by everyone here, but we are happy to say her little one is doing well.”

Park fans posted messages of support

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Fans at the park flocked to post messages of support, with one writing: “This is very sad news – loved seeing the photos of her with her beautiful calf. Thoughts are with you all, especially her caretakers. “

While another added: “How sad for the caretakers/staff involved in her care, as well as her precious calf.”

Historically native to Scotland, the Eurasian elk is the largest living deer species and is still found across much of Europe.

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