Shani at Houston Zoo

† Shani
ID Number:   SSP Number: 143 - 
Species: Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ < 1 years old
Dead date: 1983-05-17
Death reason: disease: anorexia, bottle feed formula intolerance
Location:Houston Zoo
ArrivedHouston Zoo 1983-04-21
Born:1983-04-21 captive-born in
Houston Zoo
Parents: Thai (Thailand) x Indu
Siblings through the father Thai (Thailand):
  1. (F) stillborn
  2. 1984-02-01 -- † 1988-08-26 (M) Bopper (Beau Thai)
  3. 1984-12-18 -- † 1984-12-18 (F) stillborn
  4. 1987-12-31 -- † 1998-08-30 (M) Kiba
  5. 1988-12-07 -- † 1991-09-02 (F) Pearl
  6. 1991-07-17 -- † 2004-09-05 (F) Kimba
  7. 1991-10-25 -- † 1991-10-25 (F) stillborn
  8. 1993-07-27 -- † 1993-07-27 () stillborn
  9. 1993-12-29 -- † 2000-01-01 (F) Singgah
  10. 1995-07-28 -- † 1995-07-28 () stillborn
  11. 2003-12-28 -- † 2003-12-29 (F) none
  12. 2004-08-17 -- † 2005-04-15 (F) Bella
  13. 2006-10-01 -- † 2008-11-09 (M) Mac
  14. 2010-05-04(M) Baylor
  15. 2010-10-03(F) Tupelo
  16. 2014-02-08(M) Duncan
  17. 2014-06-30 -- † 2014-06-30 () fetus (twin)
  18. 2014-06-30 -- † 2014-06-30 () fetus (twin)
Siblings through the mother Indu:
  1. (F) stillborn
  2. 1984-12-18 -- † 1984-12-18 (F) stillborn
  3. 1988-12-07 -- † 1991-09-02 (F) Pearl
  4. 1991-10-25 -- † 1991-10-25 (F) stillborn
  5. 1993-07-27 -- † 1993-07-27 () stillborn
  6. 1995-07-28 -- † 1995-07-28 () stillborn
Shanis pedigree:
P I II III

Shani

Sire:
Thai (Thailand)

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Dame:
Indu

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Document updated2010-12-30: Name, Cause of death, Text RE
2011-11-14: changed cause of death
Shani was 26 days old when she died.

She was born after a lengthy, anterior presentation, labor. Attacked by the mother and he had a swollen tongue and abscessed jaw. Attempts was made to bottle feed him, but formula intolerance (complicated by GI mucosa that was compromised by hypoxia during delivery) finally resulted in his death.

Sources, among others

  • "Table 4: Captive Elephants 1988-1999 and Additions to 1980-1988 Records," Elephant: The Publication of the Elephant Research Foundation, Vol 2 No 4, January 2000. p 65-71

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