|† unborn||ID Number:||EEP Number: 200710 -|
|Species:||Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)|
|Sex and age:||Female ♀ < 1 years old|
|Dead date:||† 2007-12-28|
|Death reason:||stillborn: died in utero|
|Location:||Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)|
|Arrived||Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp) 2007-12-28|
|Born:||2007-12-28 captive-born in|
Rotterdam Zoo (Diergaarde Blijdorp)
|Parents:||Alexander x Irma|
|Siblings through the father Alexander:|
|Siblings through the mother Irma:|
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|2008-01-02:Employees of the zoo in Rotterdam were counting of a birth around the Christmas and New Year days, but they think the calf is dead by now.|
Last Friday the membranes of Irma broke. Normally the delivery will begin and within 48 hours the calf is born.
The contractions however didnt start, even after the vetenarian had given her stimulating medicines and massaging the birthchannel.
Yesterday our vets removed the dead calf from Irma. She carried her fullgrown female baby for more then a year. The birth of Tonya and sucking Irmas nipples have started the birth process. Irma tried for more then a day to deliver the calf and she was exhausted. So we decided to do a surgery and to remove the dead calf. During the surgery under local anasthesia Irma was standing on her feet all time. The vets opened her birth channel from the backside, just a few centimeters under her anus. They made an incision from ca. 15 cm. and tried to pull the dead calf out. Unfortunately without succes. So the team decided to devide the calf in pieces. Smaller pieces have been removed throuh this hole and the bigger pieces were pushed through her birth channel. Finally, after 12 hours work with a marvelous team, they managed the remove all pieces and could close the wound. Today Irma was doing well. She is recieving pain relief and the wound has been flushed several times.
Rob Belterman, Rotterdam Zoo, 2009-02-12
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