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Nyah, an African elephant born at the Indianapolis Zoo, dies at 6

INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) — A six-year-old African elephant that was born and raised at the Indianapolis Zoo has died.

The zoo announced the death of Nyah on Tuesday afternoon.

Zoo officials said Nyah fought a brief illness. Veterinarians described her symptoms as typical of mild colic and that she had signs of abdominal discomfort.

Officials said her symptoms “progressed rapidly” before she died Tuesday morning.

A necropsy is underway to determine more about the cause of death.

“She was an amazing ambassador for her species,” the zoo said in a Facebook post.

Nyah was described as “a beautiful, fun and curious elephant, often seen following her big sister Zahara around.”