Machito Dead: African Elephant Dies At Zoo Miami

Machito Zoo Miami

Zoo Miami reports that on Tuesday they had had to put down one of their most cherished residents, Machito, a 32-year-old African elephant who came to live with them back in 1981.

Several weeks ago, the impressive pachyderm appeared stiff and soon his condition progressed to include lethargy, loss of appetite, weight loss and labored breathing, according to the zoo.

His discomfort was so intense it prevented him from being able to lie down or sleep, which further led to his demise.

Zoo officials suspect he was suffering pneumonia or heart disease, but only a necropsy will confirm the source of Machito's illness.

After a dose of antibiotics on Saturday, the elephant showed a small improvement; his fever decreased and his appetite returned for the first time in a week.

But two days later, his condition deteriorated again and the zoo reported that he was hardly able to move or breathe.

The following day, Zoo Miami made the difficult decision to euthanize the animal after consulting with veterinarians and elephant experts from around the world.

On the zoo's Facebook page, officials announced: "Once it was clear that Machito had deteriorated to the point that recovery was no longer realistic and we could no longer prevent him from suffering, the difficult, yet humane decision, was made to euthanize him."

Machito, the first elephant to die at the zoo, was also among the youngest pachyderms there. Zoo Miami is also home to Peggy and Maybel, 36-year-old African elephants, as well as Asian elephants Dahlip, 46; Nellie, 43; and Maude, 39 years old.

Machito joined the zoo in its first year of operation as a 1-year-old calf after being orphaned in Zimbabwe, where a culling program killed his herd's adults.

Bron: Huffington Post

Elephant rescued after six-year ordeal

MADURAI: The ordeal of a couple over the loss of a pet elephant for almost six years came to an end as the elephant was rescued from its trainers by the city police on Friday. It was one among the interesting cases handled by the police department. Lakshmanan from Pandiavellalar Street in Madurai is a mahout in Meenakshi Amman temple. In 2007, one of their friends Masan from the Andamans gifted Lakshmanan and wife Indira an elephant and they brought the jumbo to Madurai on August 8, 2007.

The couple wanted to train the elephant and approached V Saji from Puthankulam in Kerala who agreed to train the animal for Rs 1 lakh. By March 2008, the couple handed over the elephant for training and Saji was training the animal in Alagarkoil. But when Saji realised that the couple was delaying settling his training charges, he disappeared with the elephant.

bron: The times of India

Worlds largest elephant, an African Bush elephant at Cuando River region



The worlds largest elephant preserved in the National History Museum, Washington, USA.

† Worlds largest elephant
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age: Male, unknown years
Dead date: † 1955-11-13
Death reason: hunted: shot
Facility: Cuando River region
Arrived Cuando River region
Born: wild

 The largest elephant on record was an adult male African elephant


Mass christening of baby elephants held in Sri Lanka

15 baby elephants born at Sri Lanka’s biggest elephant orphanage were christened in a mass service today.


The event, which is the biggest so far held at the Pinnawala orphanage saw the baby elephants being given names chosen from thousands of visitors suggestions.

Some were given western sounding names such as Elvina, whilst others now carry more traditional Sinhalese names such as Singithi, which means small and Ahinsa (innocent).

Pinnawala director Nihal Senaratne said: ‘An astrologer looked at the time of birth of each elephant. He then decided on the first letter of each baby’s name according to its horoscope.

‘The lucky letters were published and visitors were asked to suggest names accordingly’

The 15 babies were named: Singithi, Ahinsa, Themiya, Wanamali, Nandi, Mangala, Annuththara, Jeevaka, Kadol, Isira, Bimuthi, Aithi, Gagana and foreign favourites Trinky and Elvina.

The regular baths are very popular with tourists and draw big crowds who watch the elephants play in the river.

Sunday’s ceremony was the biggest ever at the facility since it opened in 1975.

The orphanage, in a coconut grove about 80 kilometres (50 miles) east of Colombo, is a major tourist attraction and large crowds were present for Sunday’s ceremony.

Babies are fed gallons of milk in public and the entire herd is taken across a main road to a nearby river at bathtime in a ritual that has become hugely popular with visitors.

Thirteen babies born last year and the other two in 2010 were given names chosen from among thousands suggested by visitors

The orphanage shelters 83 elephants, most of whom were abandoned or separated from their herds when they were babies. Many have also been born at the orphanage.

Elephants are considered sacred in Sri Lanka, something which has helped keeping the animals’ population healthy throughout the long-running civil war between government and rebel forces in the island’s north-east.

It was feared that the population had dwindled to a mere 5,350 as a result.

Fortunately a survey carried out last year, the first since the end of the war, showed the country had 7,379 elephants living in the wild, including 1,107 babies.

The country boasted 12,000 elephants in 1900.

The orphanage is a very popular attraction in the area both among locals and visitors

Pinnawala, which has been open since 1975, cares for 83 elephants some of which were born at the orphanage.

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Judge’s order halts Fulton elephant bullhook ban


A Fulton Superior Court judge issued a temporary restraining order Monday that could prevent the county from enforcing animal control laws in the city of Atlanta, according to a Fulton County commissioner.

Commissioner Rob Pitts said Judge John Goger’s order effectively blocks the county’s ban of the use of bullhooks by circus elephant trainers.

The decision comes only days before Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey Circus comes to Philips  Arena in Atlanta. The show will run from Wednesday to Feb. 20.

Pitts, who has been an advocate for the bullhook ban, said the judge’s order hinged on the lack of a specific intergovernmental agreement between Fulton and Atlanta.

“The fact is that Fulton County has been providing animal control services in Atlanta, and Atlanta has been paying Fulton County for those services,” Pitts said in a written statement Monday night. “That amounts to an Implied Agreement/Contract.”

Pitts further suggested the order would prohibit the county from enforcing animal control laws in Atlanta, with the exception of rabies cases and cases of imminent danger to citizens by animals.

Anna Ware, a Buckhead resident and local animal rights’ advocate, said she was disappointed with the judge’s order.

“I believe that when the Fulton County Board of Commissioners passed the bullhook ban … they heard and understood the concerns of their citizens relating to the use of the of the bullhook,” said Ware, who attended the court hearing Monday.

Ware also said the judge’s order could nullify previous citations issued in Atlanta by Fulton County Animal Control.

“This could have opened a big ol’ can of worms,” she said.

Fulton was the  first Georgia jurisdiction to approve a bullhook ban, following cities  and counties in Florida, South Carolina, New York, Kentucky and Indiana. Commissioners voted for the ban in June.

Officials with Atlanta and Feld Entertainment, which owns Ringling Brothers, could not immediately be reached for comment Monday night.





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