Given the traumatic nature of the event at the beginning of the year, we received records in small increments as they became available. The zoo is understaffed, particularly for such a catastrophic event. One of the keepers was fired for failing to lock the door of Ruth's barn, which meant that the bare bones staffing became stretched even thinner. Elephant keepers are also responsible for other creatures at this small zoo of less than 200 "specimens."
However, it appears there was at least one keeper with Ruth for the first two weeks. While this is unusual for a zoo, it is NOT unusual for The Elephant Sanctuary that has on-site staffing and 24/7 care.