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National Zoological Park Baby Elephant Jayathu Receives Pat from President Ronald Reagan, by Cohen, Jessie, 1984, Smithsonian Archives - History Div, 95-268.

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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