When the Oregon Zoo’s 54-year-old Asian elephant was euthanized early in the morning of Feb. 9, his large body was hauled more than an hour from the zoo to a natural area east of Portland overlooking the Sandy River. There, Packy was laid to rest in a 12-foot-deep unmarked grave near the resting places of three other Oregon Zoo elephants: Pet, who died in 2006; Rama, Packy’s son, who died in March 2015; and Tusko, who died in December 2015.
It’s an elephant graveyard of sorts, in heavily wooded Metro-owned property south of Corbett and east of the Sandy River in Clackamas County. It has more than 150 very secluded acres, with few neighbors or visitors. A swath cleared through the area is where in early February, under early morning darkness, Packy joined three other elephants in his straw-covered grave among the trees.
Getting to the remote site means leaving the rural area’s paved roads and driving part of the way on gravel. A locked gate limits access to the area Metro has owned since the late 1990s.
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