(December 19, 2012 - Vienna, VA) Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® is sad to announce the passing of Susan, a 61 year-old female Asian elephant. Susan was a favorite performer on our Blue unit. She retired to the Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation® in central Florida in 2005, but continued to work with students in our internship program. Susan was cared for by dedicated members of the Ringling Bros. animal care and veterinary team.

Unfortunately, Ringling Bros. veterinary staff recently concluded that euthanasia was appropriate due to Susan’s declining health. As a courtesy, the relevant federal agency was contacted.

Susan was a beloved member of our Ringling Bros. animal family and will be missed.