- Givskud, Denmark. Dan Koehl
BonsRee died on friday 13th of June, probably of Cerebral hemorrhage during anesthesia for a foot operation. Bons Ree was Denmarks oldest elephant, and the last animal with origin from Vejle Zoo, from where the founder of Givskude Zoo Jacob Hansen, moved his animal collection in 1971. The oldest danish elephant in Denmark is now the 48 year old breeding bull Chieng Mai in Copenhagen Zoo.
- Kolkata, India. Marcus Dam
The death of an adult female elephant from suspected electrocution in the Gorubathang area of West Bengals Kalimpong subdivision early on Wednesday has raised questions over the efficacy of joint-monitoring by officials of the States Forest and Power Departments against illegal methods employed by locals to prevent depredation and elephant attacks in the region. An average of 50 persons die each year in elephant-human conflicts in north Bengal - among the highest in the country.
- Kolkata, India.
An elephant was electrocuted Wednesday in a north Bengal tea garden after it touched a live wire with its trunk, forest officials told the Indo-Asian News Service. A herd of 15 to 20 elephants wandered into the tea garden at Jalpaiguris Malbazar, about 370 miles from Kolkata, looking for food, when one that strayed from the herd felt a live wire with its trunk and died instantly, reported the news service.
- Bamondangi, India. Pinakpriya Bhattacharya & Prithvijit Mitra
Her cries pierced the morning air in Bamondangi forest. As villagers peeped out of their homes in fear, the mammoth animal appeared from behind the trees and bushes, hobbling on three legs and desperately trying to keep moving. It kept lashing its trunk on the ground in pain. After struggling for more than an hour, it collapsed and bled to death. A few miles away, her death was ´avenged. The dead elephants herd - at least a dozen of them also bleeding from bullet injuries - went berserk in...
- Cachar, India.
Indian police have shot dead two elephants after they rampaged through villages in northeast India killing eight people and injuring nine. The elephants, used for moving logs in the timber industry, ran amok in Cachar district in Assam state, destroying dozens of bamboo and straw houses. Villagers say the animals destroyed whatever was in their way, either trampling people or dashing them to the ground with their trunks.
- Izmir, Turkey.
The elephant Pak Bahadýr at the Izmir Municipality Kulturpark Zoo died while undergoing an operation on his foot and leg. One Turkish and two German experts conducted the operation. Unfortunately the old elephants heart could not handle the pressure. Sabah daily said the elephant had arrived from Pakistan in 1954 and had become the symbol of the city.
- SILIGURI, India.
An elephant calf was found dead on the bank of the Reti river at Dalgaon in the Dooars today. Locals spotted the two-year-old female calf lying by the Reti riverbed early this morning and intimated the forest officials. Officials from the Dalgaon forest range rushed to the spot and they later declared the calf dead after a thorough check-up. Later, with assistance from the state veterinary department, forest officials conducted a postmortem of the carcass.
- Osnabrück, Germany. Dan Koehl
Sikkim is dead. The elephant cow, which was confiscated from Circus Giovanni Althoff in 2003, was euthanised on tuesday. The apr. 30 year old african elephant was suffering from cronic joint problems, which gave her a lot of pain, and reduced her movements. Her last years with the herd in Osnabrück Zoo in Lower Saxony gave her social comfort, but in the end not even painkillers could reduce her pain.
- Colchester, United Kingdom.
Colchester Zoo is very sad to report that ´Rosa´ one of Colchester Zoos female elephants has had to be put to sleep due to serious health problems.
Rosa gave birth to Jambo, back in 2004 and since then had showed signs of severe discomfort, particularly whilst passing urine. Diagnosis of elephants is not an easy task, particularly due to their size so Colchester Zoo assembled a team of experts to investigate her symptoms. The team included the zoos consultant veterinary sur...
- Bharatpur, India.
Orissa will build a memorial for a baby female elephant which was rescued by state wild life officials on May 5, but died a few days later after its reunion with its herd. The elephant named Kalinga, was kept in the Bharatpur wild life sanctuary for a month after it was rescued by the wildlife officials. But, its carcass was recovered on July 1 at Bharatpur on the outskirts of Bhubaneswar. The state forest and environment department will build the memorial at the spot where the carcass was recov...