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National Zoological Park Baby Elephant Jayathu Receives Pat from President Ronald Reagan

August 30, 1984

Jayathu, an Asian elephant dies, apparently suffering an allergic reaction to her infant formula. She was presented to President Ronald Reagan as a gift from J.R. Jayawardene of Sri Lanka and arrived at the National Zoological Park on June 12, 1984.More

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