2-year-old elephant dies at Houston Zoo

HOUSTON (AP) - The Houston Zoo is mourning following death of a 2-year-old elephant named Mac.

Mac - the largest Asian elephant born in captivity at 384 pounds - died Sunday night after contracting elephant herpesvirus.

Mac was born in October 2006, and the zoo says that Mac was playful, intelligent, curious and mischievous - and quickly became a favorite of zoo staff and visitors.

Zoo spokesman Brian Hill says Mac's mother, Shanti, and aunt, Methai, were with him when he died.

A necropsy will be conducted.

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