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Former Virginia Zoo elephant dies at Zoo Miami

Cita, a 50-year-old elephant that once lived at the Virginia Zoo for decades, died at Zoo Miami.

MIAMI — Zoo Miami is saying goodbye to one of its elephants that used to be a Virginia Zoo staple.

Cita, a nearly 51-year-old female African elephant, died after having a confrontation with another elephant. Cita was knocked down and didn't recover from the altercation.

She underwent a necropsy to help determine a cause of death, and although results won't be available for some weeks, doctors said a blood clot could have been a major contributing factor.

Cita arrived at Zoo Miami nearly three years ago from the Virginia Zoo, alongside another elephant named Lisa. Lisa died in 2017 of a mesenteric torsion. Cita lived at the Virginia Zoo for decades before being transferred to Zoo Miami.