Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden

dead elephant ☨ ♀ Putschie  dead elephant
Putchie and elephant keeper Pelle Zettersten in Kolmården Zoo 1999. Photo: Petra Schmidt
Putchie and elephant keeper Pelle Zettersten in Kolmården Zoo 1999. Photo: Petra Schmidt
Alternative name: Putschi, Putscher, Butscha


EEP nr7001


Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 30 years old

People killed:1: killed elephant keeper Robert Nilsson by accident, 1991
Born:* 1971 wild
Birth place: in Asia unspecified location
Dead: 2001-10-31
Death reason: euthanised: Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis)
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Kolmarden Zoo, in Sweden

Date of arrival

1990-05-02Kolmarden Zoo
from Copenhagen Zoo

1985-03-20Copenhagen Zoo
from Odense Zoo (Odense Dyrehave)

1980-00-00Odense Zoo (Odense Dyrehave)
from Walter Sensen Zoo-Agentur

Walter Sensen Zoo-Agentur
from Circus Barum

Record history
History of updates2012-07-05: new record
2021-11-20: Born in Asia

Latest document update2021-11-20 13:13:29
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† Putschie is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2001-10-31 at Kolmarden Zoo, in Sweden, . Official death reason described as Elephant Elephant TB (Mycobacterium tuberculosis) (Mycobacterium tuberculosis).

Affiliated people

1: Dan Koehl (elephant keeper from 2000 to 2000)


Putschie was born wild 1971 at Asia unspecified location.

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Contradictory records:

Records about Putschie from EEPEuropean Studbook for Asian elephants state following records for the asian elephant Putschie:

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 in Kolmarden ZooIn 1991, elephant keeper Robert Nilsson, here with Donkey, was killed by the elephant Putschie.

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 in Kolmarden Zoo
Photo: Dan Koehl

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

Reference list


Koehl, Dan, (2024). Putschie, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Kolmarden Zoo in Sweden. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 1 March 2024 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
  • Elephants and Egotists by Patricia Sumerling

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