Rocco at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo)

Male ♂ Asian elephant Rocco at Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo)

Rocco with rider Nick Simpson, zookeeper from Chessington Zoo, 2006.
† Rocco
ID Number:
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 27 years old
Dead date: 2011-02-21
Death reason: unknown: due to prolonged recumbency
Location:Lok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo)
ArrivedLok Kawi Wildlife Park (Sabah Zoo) 2006-00-00
Born:1984-00-00 wild
Capture: 1991,
Offspring, year of birth, year of death:

    Total: 2 babies

  1. (M) 2008-02-01 Sumandak
  2. (F) 2008-05-00 Amoi
Document updated2011-02-24: death
2018-10-01: link to EleWiki submitted
Sabah Wildlife Department (SWD) senior chief veterinarian, Dr Sen
Nathan told the Borneo Post yesterday that the elephant, estimated to
be around 27 years old, died less than 24 hours after displaying signs
of sudden weakness which led to recumbency.
“We treated him with emergency Intravenous and subcutaneous fluid
therapy,” he said.
However, the elephant succumbed and died the next day at about 3.30am.
He explained that the cause of death was due to prolonged recumbency
as a sequel to sudden weakness due to the elephant’s immense body
He said that staying on its side for prolonged periods can put
pressure on their internal organs and cause respiratory and circulatory
failure throughout the body.
“We have already sent samples to the Veterinary Service Department’s
Animal Disease Research Center. We are awaiting the results from
bacteriological investigations,” he said. For the past three years, Rocco has been off exhibit as developing musth and has to be kept off exhibit , he said.
“One good thing from his life in captivity is having left behind three
beautiful baby elephants – two female elephants, Sumandak and Amoi
and a male, Ganesh,” he said.

Sources, among others

  • Albert Roolfs, Mnster, Germany

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