Wuppertal Zoo

Big pain in Wuppertal Zoo. On Sunday (November 20th), the zoo had to redeem visitor’s favorite “Tsavo”. The little elephant was not even three years old.

According to the Green Zoo Wuppertal, the little bull elephant initially developed splendidly after his birth on March 6, 2020. In September he had to accept the first stroke of fate. But suddenly things went downhill rapidly for little “Tsavo”.

Zoo Wuppertal: Elephant child suffers

The little elephant child had packed up his broken tusk in September well. His carers, together with dentists, were able to successfully treat the fracture. But since last Friday, “Tsavo” has been causing great concern for the team at Wuppertal Zoo.

He had hardly eaten, seemed very nervous and was hardly able to drink from his mother Sweni’s teat. “In addition, he showed a very tense posture and reluctance to move. He had trouble getting up and laying down,” the zoo said on Facebook. His posture suggested pain in the abdominal area. A blood test indicated a bacterial infection.

Zoo Wuppertal has to put elephants to sleep

The first medication seemed to be working. “Unfortunately, Tsavo’s condition deteriorated dramatically the following day.” He was sedated for further diagnosis. A tetanus infection, but also an infection with herpesviruses specific for elephants (EEHV) were in the room.

“Tsavo”, here shortly after his birth in the Wuppertal Zoo, had to be put down. Photo: picture alliance/dpa | Fabian shrub

“Tsavo” received a wide range of intensive therapy. But despite all the efforts of the veterinarians, his condition has not improved. He “could no longer stand up, raise his head and suffered from spasms in his limbs.” His poor prognosis then persuaded the zoo to put him out of his torment.

Visitors mourn the zoo darling

The fans of the Wuppertal Zoo are on the ground: “It makes me very sad, I noticed your birth and now you had to go much too soon, I will miss you. Farewell little elephant”, a visitor says goodbye. “This is terrible. I’m sorry for your loss,” added another.


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The Wuppertal Zoo announced that “Tsavo’s” body is now being examined in pathology. The aim is to find out what the little elephant has suffered from.

Source: Derwesten

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