† Thorn is a dead Male ♂ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2021-12-25 at Albuquerque Biological Park, in United States, . Official death reason described as Elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV).
Thorn was conceived through artificial insemination and born captive-born 2018-05-04 at Albuquerque Biological Park.
Sire (f):SamsonBorn: 1998-05-04
Dame m:Rozie (Rozana)Born: 1992-11-08
2021-12-15: On Wednesday, December 15, routine blood tests for Thorn, the BioPark's 3.5-year-old Asian elephant, came back positive for a very low level of Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV)
2021-12-21: The ABQ BioPark continues to provide around the clock care and treatments for Thorn, our 3 year old elephant who recently tested positive for the Elephant Endotheliotropic Herpesvirus (EEHV)
. While the most recent daily test results indicate an escalation in the viral load his treatments continue and we remain hopeful and are confident that together we will have the best chance of helping Thorn through this illness.
2025-12-25: Thorn, a three-year-old male elephant at the ABQ BioPark Zoo, died in the early morning hours on Christmas Day from elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV)
. BioPark staff began treating Thorn immediately after traces of the virus were detected in a routine blood test on December 15. This virus causes hemorrhagic disease that can be fatal for young elephants. EEHV
is the leading cause of death for Asian elephant calves and can strike elephants in the wild and in human care.
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