- Bukarest, Romania.
The most admired animal in the Bucharest Zoo, Gaya the Elephant, died in fall 2006, leaving behind a handful of commissions and discussion boards. According to the Analysis Commission report, Gaya was killed by the respiratory problems caused by the extreme stress she was submitted to. The report, based on the opinions of several foreign specialists, also proves that some Zoo animals were sacrificed and used as food for the reptiles.
- Dubbo, Australia.
Keepers at Western Plains Zoo at Dubbo, in western New South Wales, are mourning the death of a second animal in a week. Cheri, a 35-year-old african elephant, died from gut-related problems on Saturday night. She was one of only three african elephants in Australia and has been at the zoo since it first opened 30 years ago. A female greater one-horned rhinoceros which was about to be moved to Dubbo for a breeding program died at Sydneys Taronga Zoo last Monday.
- Seattle, United States.
Hansa, a 6-year-old Asian elephant who delighted visitors to the Woodland Park Zoo, was found dead Friday, about a week after she began displaying colic-like symptoms, the zoo said Friday. Hansa was born in 2000 after another of the zoos elephants, Chai, was sent to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Missouri, where natural breeding resulted in a pregnancy. Hansa was the first elephant born at the 100-year-old Woodland Park Zoo, which has no male elephants.
- Kathmandu, Nepal.
Though four countries have signed agreements with the Nepal government to build new hospitals and the SAARC regional centre for tuberculosis (TB) research is located in Nepal, the disease has become a jumbo menace, stalking elephants doing tourist duty in the southern plains. Three elephants have died of TB and 10 more been found affected in the Chitwan National Park in the Terai plains, a major tourist attraction, Nepals official media said Friday.
- Segamat, Malaysia. Junita Mat Rashid
An elephant crossing a railway line in Bekok early yesterday sustained two broken hind legs when it was hit by a train. The impact of the collision flung the animal, believed to be 10 years old and weighing about a tonne, into a 15m ravine near the tracks. It is understood it would be put to sleep if efforts to save it failed. The train, which started its journey from Kuala Lumpur, was heading for Singapore when the incident happened at 4.50am. On Nov 2, 2004, two 4.5 tonne female elephants die...
- Perth, Australia.
The youngest elephant at Perth Zoo has been put down after an exhaustive battle to save her life. Officials say 17 year-old Teduh has suffered from muscular skeletal weakness for years, making it difficult for her to lie down and get up. The condition also meant she lacked co-ordination in using her trunk. The Zoos Chief Executive Susan Hunt says the muscular problem continued to get worse, and recently Teduh developed abdominal pain and lost her appetite.
- West Bengal, India.
At least five elephants were killed by lightning in a West Bengal wildlife reserve, officials said Friday. The animals died Thursday in a tea estate under the Buxa Tiger Reserve area in the states northern region. Their carcasses were found by tea garden workers on the bank of a river near the New Lands Tea Estate in Alipurduar area of Jalpaigur district, 700 km north of Kolkata.
- New Delhi, United States.
After tigers and lions, its the turn of elephants now. In the last three years at least 244 elephants were killed in the country, with around half of them falling to poachers. In 2003-04, poachers killed 53 elephants, they killed 25 the following year and 39 in 2005-06. Similarly, 52 jumbos were electrocuted in 2003-04, 54 in 2004-05 and 12 in 2005-06. Man-elephant conflict claimed seven elephants in the last three years and two were killed due to mining related activities in 2005-06. Orissa top...
- Malacca, Malaysia.
The Malacca Zoo is waiting the results of samples taken during the post-mortem of elephant calf Amid. Amid was found dead in his paddock at 7.30am on April 10. Since the zoo does not have the facilities to analyse and identify viruses or bacteria, the samples were sent to Universiti Putra Malaysia.
- Ranchi, India.
Jharkhand forest officials on Tuesday began a probe into the mysterious death of an elephant in the Bero Forests. Though veterinary doctors are conducting forensic tests, forest officials have refused to reveal details till the post mortem report comes.