Important message: CNN claim, in an article written by CNN journalists Kay Jones and Hollie Silvermanthe on August 3, 2020 on the website of CNN.com the following: There are less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild and they face extinction because of ivory poaching and habitat destruction, the zoo statement said..in the article Baby elephant dies 27 days after his birth at St. Louis Zoo, but the article doesnt really state why ivory poaching should be an immediate threat to Asian elephants, and their claims of the world population of Asian elephants, is however also something to doubt.. Although IUCN seems to have forgotten to state the world population of Asian elephants at Their fact sheet about the Asian elephant, while the Asian Elephant Specialist Group state that there are elephants in 13 range states, but AESG seemingly also forgot to mention how many Asian elephants there are today, and on their website https://www.asesg.org it is also not easy to find a record about the world population of Asian elephants, but International Elephant Foundation state on the page Elephas maximus: Endangered due to loss of habitat. Numbers are currently around 30,000 – 50,000 (one-tenth of the population of African elephants, and no mention about ivory hunting in Asia), which is a number far, or rather more than ten times higher than the claim from cnn.com =There are NOT less than 3,500 Asian elephants left in the wild, as cnn claim.//Dan Koehl


Rabies virus

In 1998 an adult (reported to be 84!) asian elephant in Sri Lanka became agressive, restless and unsteady, with secretion from the temporal glands. On sixth day she was partly blind and completely anorectic, trunk lame and was constantly falling down. She died at the 9th day. Post Mortum examinatioon showed brain being vascular and brain smear positive for rabies antigen.

Tests were analyzed in Thailand, indicating dog rabies. (O. Wilamaratne, D.S. Kodikara, 1998, Sri Lanka)

Post dog bite vaccination is recomended

"Results confirmed the ability of Asian elephants to develop a humoral immune response after vaccination with a commercially available monovalent inactivated rabies virus vaccine and the feasibility of instituting a rabies virus vaccination program for elephants that are in frequent contact with humans. A 2-dose series of rabies virus vaccine should provide an adequate antibody response in elephants, and annual boosters should maintain the antibody response in this species."
Source American Journal of Veterinary Research, November 2006, Vol. 67, No. 11, Pages 1934-1936, doi: 10.2460/ajvr.67.11.1934

5 Deceased elephants due to Rabies.

NameSpecies
Sex
OriginAgeBirthDeath dateDeath reasonParentsArrival
Death location
+ -unknown-EM
unknown?2009-09-00disease
rabies
x
Unknown
+ -unknown-EM
unknown?2009-09-00disease
rabies
x
Unknown
+ -Hariprasad-EM
M
wild2819772005-03-19disease
Rabies virus
x
Minnamthottil temple
+ -unknown-EM
captive-born7319251998disease
Rabies
x
Unknown
+ -unknown-EM
F
unknown?1909-07-07disease
rabies
x
Bombay Burmah Trading Corporation (BBTC)


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