Putschie (Putscher, Butscha) an Asian elephant at Kolmarden Zoo

Female ♀ Asian  Putschie (Putscher, Butscha) at Kolmarden Zoo

Putchie and elephant keeper Pelle Zettersten in Kolmården Zoo 1999. Photo: Petra Schmidt
☨ Putschie (Putscher, Butscha)
ID nr:EEP Number: 7001 - 
Species: Asian elephant
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old
Dead date: 2001-10-31
Death reason: euthanised: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
People killed:1: killed elephant keeper Robert Nilsson by accident, 1991
Location:Kolmarden Zoo
ArrivalKolmarden Zoo 1990-05-02 from Copenhagen Zoo
Copenhagen Zoo 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
Born:* 1971 wild Myanmar
Document updated2012-07-05: new record
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) ? Unknown ? 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.


Reference list

Koehl, D., (2020). Putschie (Putscher, Butscha), an Asian at Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 26 October 2020 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=136. (archived at the Wayback machine)

Sources used for this article is among others:

  • Kolmarden Zoo records, Sven Mellgren
  • Elefanten in Zoo und Circus, EEG: Haufellner, Kurt, Schilfarth, Schweiger

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