Malti at Calgary Zoo

Female Asian elephant Malti at Calgary Zoo

Brent Van Hooft & Malti. Calgary Zoo 07/2008. Photo: © Brent Van Hooft
† Malti
ID Number:   SSP Number: 648 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female < 1 years
Dead date: 2008-11-01
Death reason: disease: acute heart failure because of Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
Location:Calgary Zoo
ArrivedCalgary Zoo 2007-08-09
Born:2007-08-09 captive-born in
Calgary Zoo
Parents: Spike (Ganesha) x Maharani (Rani)
Siblings through the father Spike (Ganesha):
  1. 2004-11-16 -- † 2004-12-07 (F) Keemaya
  2. 2012-10-24 -- † 2012-10-24 (M) miscarriage (twin)
Siblings through the mother Maharani (Rani):
  1. 2004-11-16 -- † 2004-12-07 (F) Keemaya
  2. 2012-10-24 -- † 2012-10-24 (M) miscarriage (twin)
Maltis pedigree:
P I II III

Malti

Sire:
Spike (Ganesha)

Sire:
Dahlip (Dalip)
Sire:
Dame:
Dame:
Seetna
Sire:
Dame:

Dame:
Maharani (Rani)

Sire:
Bandara
Sire:
Dame:
Dame:
Kamala
Sire:
Dame:
Document updated2009-03-04: Text RE
2010-11-25: SSP RE
When 308 pound Malti was born at the Calgary Zoo, she was the second calf for her 17 year old mother Maharani and 26 years old father Spike. She was a full F2 generation, meaning both of her parents were born in captivity. The first calf born to the pair was rejected at birth and died 3 weeks later of infections. Malti, a Hindi name, means moonlight, to be brilliant, or small fragrant flower. At eleven months old she weighed in at 849 pounds. In late October 2008, the 14 month old calf was diagnosed with the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpes virus. She died six days later. At the time of Maltis death only four elephants were known to have experienced symptoms of the disease and recovered.

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