Rebecca at Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)

† Rebecca
ID Number:   SSP Number: 418 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 50 years
Dead date: 2011-01-08
Death reason: euthanised: polyathritis, Tuberculosis?
Location:Performing Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS)
ArrivedPerforming Animal Welfare Society / ARK 2000 (PAWS) 2004-01-20
from Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS)
Performing Animal Welfare Society (PAWS) 2002-09-21
from Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation
Ringling Brothers Barnum and Bailey Center for Elephant Conservation 2000-06-10
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1978-00-00
from Circus World
Circus World 1974-02-04
from Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus
Ringling Brothers and Barnum and Bailey Circus 1972-00-00
from Billy Smart Circus (William Smart Circus)
Born:1961 wild
Body weight (kgs and pounds): 3700.00 kg, 8140.00 lbs
Document updated2011-01-10: Death RE
2012-09-25: TB, polyarhtritis.
2001: Tested TB-positive on trunk wash.
2001-01-08: Euthanised Jan 8 because of intractable pain from longstanding arthritis.
2004: On January 20, 2004 Rebecca, Minnie and Annie moved to ARK2000.
2011: The U.S. Department of Agriculture found that Rebecca that died at PAWS tested positive for TB, according to necropsy reports.

From her past: That's a tumor on the females face, this can happen to underweight elephants from sleeping on hard surfaces and usually appear on the cheek bone, shoulder or hip. When about the size of a golf ball you can tighten a rubber band around them and they fall off, if neglected they will grow large but can still be easily removed. One of the Ringling elephants in my charge "Rebecca" had one this size on her left knee cap and Dr. Laughlin simply cut an "x" in it, peeled back the four corners like an orange, removed the innards and stitched the skin back.
Buckles Woodcock

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