Putschie (Putscher, Butscha) at Kolmarden Zoo (Kolmardens djurpark)

Female Asian elephant Putschie (Putscher, Butscha) at Kolmarden Zoo (Kolmardens djurpark)

Putchie and elephant keeper Pelle Zettersten in Kolmården Zoo 1999. Photo: Petra Schmidt
† Putschie (Putscher, Butscha)
ID Number:EEP Number: 7001 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female 30 years
Dead date: 2001-10-31
Death reason: euthanised: Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Location:Kolmarden Zoo (Kolmardens djurpark)
ArrivedKolmarden Zoo (Kolmardens djurpark) 1990-05-02
from Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have)
Copenhagen Zoo (Zoologisk Have) 1985-03-20
from Odense Zoo (Odense Dyrehave)
Odense Zoo (Odense Dyrehave) 1980-00-00
from Walter Sensen Zoo-Agentur
Walter Sensen Zoo-Agentur
from Circus Barum (Circus Kreiser)
Born:1971 wild Myanmar
Document updated2012-07-05: 
Contradictory records:

Records about Putschie (Putscher, Butscha) from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Putschie (Putscher, Butscha):

7001 F ~ 1970 WILD WILD CIRCUS 1 Jan 1971 NONE Transfer Putschie
UNKNOWN ~ 1979 NONE Transfer
ODENSE ~ 1980 MAX3 Transfer
COPENHAGE 20 Mar 1985 100858 Loan to
KOLMARDEN 2 May 1990 4393 Loan to
31 Oct 2001 Death
[Death by: Euthanasia (medical) ı Unknown ı No necropsy planned]

Source: EEP studbook for Asian elephants online


Putschie was the first elephant in Kolmarden Zoo that had an open infection of Tuberculosis. She went down in weight, and started to drink large amounts of water, in the end upto 600 liters per day. Her condition became worse, and she was finally euthanised in 2001. During autopsy it was discovered that her lungs was affected by TB.

Putschie and riders Liza Tenne and Otilia Tenne
Photo: Dan Koehl



Left: Putschie during riding operations, Kolmarden 2000. Right: Putschie and riders Liza Tenne and Otilia Tenne.


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