Sunisa (Avigail, Abigail) at Jerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens)

† Sunisa (Avigail, Abigail)
ID Number:EEP Number: 8716 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 22 years old
Dead date: 2009-07-31
Death reason: maternal death: complications of pregnancy
Location:Jerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens)
ArrivedJerusalem Zoo (Tisch family zoological gardens) 1997-09-23
Born:1987 wild Thailand
Offspring and year of birth:
  1. () 2009-07-28 -- † 2009-07-28 stillborn, EEP nr: 200912
Document updated2009-08-04: Name, Death, Text
2009-08-09: Text
The Jerusalem Zoo's Abigail died on Friday, 07/31/2009. She went into labour earlier in the week but the calf died before birth. Some parts of the calf were surgically removed by veterinarians from Jerusalem, Berlin and Rotterdam on 07/28.

Sunisa was a small elephant and the calf was very big. After the death of Sunisa no further autopsy has been done.

The naturally conceived calf was the first for both parents.

Abigail and Michaela both arrived to Israel from Thailand in 09/1997 to join the zoo's three female Asian elephants.

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