Pumbi at Pretoria Zoo
|† Pumbi||ID Number:|
|Species:||African Bush elephant|
|Sex and age:||Female 27 years|
|Dead date:||† 2012-04-03|
|Death reason:||unknown: respiratory distress, collapsed. pneumonia|
|Arrived||Pretoria Zoo 1987-04-28|
from Kruger National Park
|Born:||1985? wild in|
Kruger National Park
|Offspring and year of birth:|
|Document updated||2009-08-07: New elephant|
2010-09-16: birth place, arrival
Earlier sources stated 1987-03-12 as arrival in the zoo.
2012-03-03: Two weeks ago the NZG’s veterinarians started treating Pumbi for a suspected infection of the uterus and she was placed on a course of antibiotics. A later scan of the uterus repudiated this diagnosis, but at this stage Pumbi had started to display signs of respiratory distress. Her medication was continued but her failing health complicated her treatment.
“As Pumbi’s food intake was sporadic it made administering the drugs very difficult,” said Dr Ian Espie, the NZG’s chief veterinarian. “At times we were able to hide it in treats for her,” he added, “but the weekend’s cold and rainy weather exacerbated her condition.” On Tuesday morning at 07:45 Pumbi collapsed in her enclosure. The preliminary cause of death appears to be bronchi pneumonia but a necropsy will be conducted to confirm this diagnosis.
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