Ganesh Vijay at Twycross Zoo

† Ganesh Vijay
ID Number:EEP Number: 200913 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male 2 years
Dead date: 2011-04-13?
Death reason: euthanised: EEHV - Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus
Location:Twycross Zoo
ArrivedTwycross Zoo 2009-08-06
Born:2009-08-06 captive-born through
artificial insemination in
Twycross Zoo
Birth weight (kgs and pounds): 100.00 kgs, 220.00 lbs
Parents: Emmett (Tundi) x Noor Jahan
Siblings through the father Emmett (Tundi):
  1. 2002-02-02 -- † 2002-02-02 () stillborn
  2. 2002-07-01 -- † 2002-07-01 () stillborn
  3. 2004-03-16 -- † 2006-12-17 (F) Aneena (Emelia)
  4. 2004-07-01 -- † 2004-07-01 (M) stillborn
  5. 2004-09-25(M) Euan (Toomai)
  6. 2005-12-11(M) Gabi (Boon-Chooi)
  7. 2007-01-19 -- † 2009-05-17 (F) Leelee (Bets)
  8. 2008-01-17 -- † 2009-05-03 (M) Donaldson (Riddle)
  9. 2009-07-23(F) Geetha (Donna)
  10. 2010-04-12(M) Ned (George Ketchum)
  11. 2011-10-18(M) Scott
  12. 2013-10-13 -- † 2015-06-05 (M) Max
  13. 2014-09-16(M) Sam
  14. 2016-06-10(F) Elizabeth
Siblings through the mother Noor Jahan:
  1. 2014-03-04(F) Esha
Ganesh Vijays pedigree:

Ganesh Vijay

Emmett (Tundi)

Indy (Butch)

Noor Jahan

Document updated2009-08-09:�New elephant
2012-10-26:�herpes case
2016-01-04:eep nr 
The newborn calf weighed 100 kg (220 lbs) and measured one metre tall (3.28ft). He will be named in a public naming contest about a week after his birth. In his first few days, the public press conference was cancelled due to arising health issues. The name Ganesh was chosen by Ria and Nadhini who won name the baby elephant competition, run by Sabras Sound radio and the name Vijay was chosen by his keepers which means Victory.

THE purpose of this letter is to draw urgent attention to a case of fatal haemorrhagic disease attributable to elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus type 5 (EEHV-5) infection in a captive Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), as a prelude to more detailed reports of the clinical and pathological findings (in preparation).

The affected animal was a 20-month-old captive-bred Asian elephant born and living at a collection in the UK within a herd of four adult female Asian elephants. It developed a rapidly progressive disease characterised by severe oedema, haemorrhage of mucosal membranes and cyanosis. Treatment followed protocols for extensive antiviral and supportive therapy and included drainage of the pericardial effusion under ultrasonographic guidance. Despite all efforts, the health of the animal deteriorated necessitating euthanasia.

Fatal elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus type 5 infection in a captive Asian elephant

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