Karha at Chester Zoo

† Karha
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 2 years old
Dead date: 1997-05-25
Death reason: unknown:
Location:Chester Zoo
ArrivedChester Zoo
Born:1995-12-19 captive-born in
Chester Zoo
Parents: Chang x Thai (Thi Ha Way)
Siblings through the father Chang:
  1. -- † 2012 () stillborn fetus still in utero
  2. 1993-09-09 -- † 1993-09-09 (F) killed
  3. 1997-12-31 -- † 2018-09-07 (F) Sithami
  4. 1998-04-25 -- † 1998-04-25 (M) stillborn
  5. 1998-08-06(F) Tara
  6. 1998-08-27(F) Karishma
  7. 2000-07-18(M) Po Chin
  8. 2000-10-07(M) Assam
  9. 2004-03-05 -- † 2004-03-05 (F) stillborn
  10. 2004-10-10 -- † 2017-10-30 (M) Tunga
  11. 2008-05-04 -- † 2015-11-30 (F) Jade
  12. 2009-05-00 -- † 2009-05-00 () aborted
  13. 2010-11-01 -- † 2010-11-01 () stillborn
  14. 2014-03-19(M) Tom
  15. 2015-05-20 -- † 2015-05-20 (M) Baby Q
  16. 2015-06-16 -- † 2018-05-27 (F) Qiyo
  17. 2017-12-25(F) Suki
  18. 2018-01-13(F) Tun Kai
  19. 2018-04-11 -- † 2018-06-26 (M) Tarzen
Siblings through the mother Thai (Thi Ha Way):
  1. 1993-09-09 -- † 1993-09-09 (F) killed
  2. 1997-12-31 -- † 2018-09-07 (F) Sithami
  3. 2000-10-07(M) Assam
  4. 2004-03-05 -- † 2004-03-05 (F) stillborn
  5. 2006-11-12 -- † 2009-07-23 (M) Raman
  6. 2011-01-22 -- † 2013-06-03? (F) Jamilah Hi Way
  7. 2015-08-20(F) Nandita
  8. 2018-05-18(M) Anjan Hi Way
Karhas pedigree:
P I II III

Karha

Sire:
Chang

Sire:
Chieng Mai
Sire:
Dame:
Dame:
Ida
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Dame:
Thai (Thi Ha Way)

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Document updated2009-03-30: text
Karha was handreared.

On the morning of 19.12.95 parturition started and the veterinary personnel were alerted at 4.40 a.m. Due to the speed of the parturition, the keeping staff had no time in which to safely chain and rope Thai , as per the protocol during the 'false' parturition signs of 2.10.95. Birth of a full term, female calf, "Karha" occurred at 4.56 a.m. Thai yet again became extremely aggressive towards her calf, but fortunately the calf was retrieved by the keeping staff after Thai had kicked it with her hind feet, causing it to slide under the bars into the adjacent pen, where the staff pulled it to safety. Due to Thai's persistent, aggressive behaviour, it was deemed impossible to reintroduce the calf back to her. The long and dedicated round the clock process of hand-rearing by the keeping staff was about to begin.
Derek G Lyon, BVSC MRCVS, Chester Zoo

Sources, among others

  • http://cheval.vet.gla.ac.uk/vetscape/vet-x/lyon/index.htm

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