Samson at Maryland Zoo

Male ♂ African Bush elephant Samson at Maryland Zoo

Samson
ID Number:   SSP Number: 561 - 
Species: African Bush elephant
Sex and age:Male ♂ 10 years old
Management:Free contact
Location:Maryland Zoo
ArrivedMaryland Zoo 2008-03-19
Born:2008-03-19 captive-born in
Maryland Zoo
Birth weight (kgs and pounds): 132.00 kgs, 290.40 lbs
Parents: Willie x Lil Felix
Siblings through the father Willie:
  1. 2002-01-21(F) Batir (Skeeter)
  2. 2003-04-16(M) Max (Maximus)
  3. 2007-12-08 -- † 2017-12-11 (F) Miss Bets
Siblings through the mother Lil Felix:
  1. 2003-04-16(M) Max (Maximus)
Samsons pedigree:
P I II III

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Document updated2009-03-19: Text RE
2009-03-24: Text RE
2011-06-11: SSP RE
2013-03-22: herpes
2013-07-09: Link RE
2018-12-01: text, source
2013-03-22: In late February 2013, Mike McClure and the rest of the elephant team at the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore grew concerned about their calf, Samson The team sent blood samples out for analysis, and after a few inconclusive tests, a positive result confirmed their worst fears: Samson was infected with elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV), a virus commonly carried by adult elephants that can be deadly when acquired by a calf. Even before the positive EEHV result returned, McClure and his colleagues started Samson on a heavy course of antiviral medications (in the course of his treatment, the young elephant downed more than 2,500 antiviral pills), injected him with anti-inflammatory drugs, and began hydration therapy. Each day, Samson would drink between 15 and 25 gallons of Gatorade-spiked water, and his keepers would deliver many more gallons of fluids rectally. It was touch and go for a while, but after about a week and a half the staff finally noticed significant improvements in Samson’s behavior.

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