Photo: © Taronga Conservation Society Australia
|† Tukta||ID Number:||ASMP Number: 73 -|
|Species:||Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)|
|Sex and age:||Female ♀ 8 years old|
|Dead date:||† 2018-09-03,|
|Death reason:||disease: Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus|
|Arrived||Taronga Zoo 2010-11-02|
|Born:||2010-11-02 captive-born in|
|Birth weight (kgs and pounds):||120.00 kgs, 264.00 lbs|
|Parents:||Gung (Prawn) x Pak Boon|
|Siblings through the father Gung (Prawn):|
|Siblings through the mother Pak Boon:|
|Document updated||2010-11-14: picture|
2018-09-04: death report
|Zookeepers noticed eight-year-old Tukta had become lethargic and was not eating on Monday.|
The veterinary team was called in and suspected she was suffering a case of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV).
Taronga Zoo said EEHV was present in almost all Asian elephants but it only causes illness when the animals are young.
"Despite the swift action of everyone involved, she tragically lost her fight against the virus later that afternoon," the zoo said in a statement.
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