Irma
Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) at
Rotterdam Zoo in Netherlands

Biography
dead elephant ☨ ♀ Irma  dead elephant
Irma. Rotterdam Zoo 03/2007. Photo: � Peter Stolk
Irma. Rotterdam Zoo 03/2007. Photo: � Peter Stolk

Identification

EEP nr7008
SSP nr754

Description

Species:Asian elephant (Elephas maximus)
Sex and age:Female ♀ 53 years old
Origin
Born:* 1970-09-18 captive-born
Birth place: in Copenhagen Zoo

Parents: Chieng Mai x ♀ Buag Hah (Pang Yang)
Death
Dead: 2023-09-25
Death reason: euthanised: age problems
Offspring
Total: 7 babies

1. Born 1984-06-16 Bernhardine (Bernhardini) EEP id: 8408

2. Born 1990-11-25 SheRa EEP id: 9008 SSP id: 756

3. Born 1995-03-01
(dead † 1998-07-13)
Indira EEP id: 9500

4. Born 2000-11-28 Bangka EEP id: 20005

5. Born 2004-02-21 Sibu EEP id: 200401

6. Born 2007-12-28
(dead † 2007-12-28)
unborn EEP id: 200710

7. Born 2009-02-11
(dead † 2009-02-11)
stillborn EEP id: 200903
Locations - owners
Present / last location:Rotterdam Zoo, in Netherlands

Date of arrival

1975-09-17Rotterdam Zoo
from Copenhagen Zoo

Record history
History of updates2023-05-22

Latest document update2023-09-25 18:22:17
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† Irma is a dead Female ♀ Asian elephant (Elephas maximus), , who died 2023-09-25 at Rotterdam Zoo, in Netherlands, . Official death reason described as age problems.

Offspring


  1. (F) 1984-06-16 Bernhardine (Bernhardini) EEP id: 8408
  2. (F) 1990-11-25 SheRa EEP id: 9008 SSP id: 756
  3. (F) 1995-03-01 -- † 1998-07-13 Indira EEP id: 9500
  4. (F) 2000-11-28 Bangka EEP id: 20005
  5. (M) 2004-02-21 Sibu EEP id: 200401
  6. (F) 2007-12-28 -- † 2007-12-28 unborn EEP id: 200710
  7. (F) 2009-02-11 -- † 2009-02-11 stillborn EEP id: 200903


Origin

Irma was born captive-born 1970-09-18 at Copenhagen Zoo.

Parentage


Parents of Irma are: ♂ Chieng Mai (father) and ♀ Buag Hah (Pang Yang) (mother).

Siblings through the father Chieng Mai:

  1. 1975-12-15(F) Schottzie
  2. 1980-03-31 -- † 1984-09-08 (F) Maia
  3. 1981-11-10 -- † 2020-07-24 (M) Chang
  4. 1983-03-18 -- † 1990-09-07 (M) Haakon
  5. 1986-01-22 -- † 2003-09-21 (F) Coco
  6. 1991-10-28 -- † 1991-10-28 (F) noname
  7. 1996-03-15 -- † 2006-02-09 (M) Santosh
  8. 1997-02-17 -- † 1997-06-19 (M) Hannibal
  9. 2001-12-02 -- † 2003-10-06 (M) Punjab
  10. 2006-03-20(M) Gandhi
  11. 2013-02-25 -- † 2014-11-24 (M) Khao Sok
  12. 2013-08-26 -- † 2013-08-26 (F) stillborn
  13. 2015-09-04 -- † 2015-09-04 (M) stillborn
  14. 2017-05-17 -- † 2022-08-26 (M) Sak

Siblings through the mother Buag Hah (Pang Yang):

  1. 1975-12-15(F) Schottzie
  2. 1980-03-31 - † 1984-09-08 (F) Maia
  3. 1983-03-18 - † 1990-09-07 (M) Haakon
  4. 1986-01-22 - † 2003-09-21 (F) Coco

Pedigree


Irmas ancestral Pedigree:
P I II III

Irma

Sire (f):
Chieng Mai

Born: 1959

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Dame m:
Buag Hah (Pang Yang)

Born: 1958

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Comments / pictures

2008-01-02: Employees of the zoo in Rotterdam were counting of a birth around the Christmas and New Year days, but they think the calf is dead by now. Last Friday the membranes of Irma broke. Normally the delivery will begin and within 48 hours the calf is born. The contractions however didn't start, even after the vetenarian had given her stimulating medicines and massaging the birthchannel.

Yesterday our vets removed the dead calf from Irma. She carried her fullgrown female baby for more then a year. The birth of Tonya and sucking Irma's nipples have started the birth process. Irma tried for more then a day to deliver the calf and she was exhausted. So we decided to do a surgery and to remove the dead calf. During the surgery under local anasthesia Irma was standing on her Feet all time. The vets opened her birth channel from the backside, just a few centimeters under her anus. They made an incision from ca. 15 cm. and tried to pull the dead calf out. Unfortunately without succes. So the team decided to devide the calf in pieces. Smaller pieces have been removed throuh this hole and the bigger pieces were pushed through her birth channel. Finally, after 12 hours work with a marvelous team, they managed the remove all pieces and could close the wound. Today Irma was doing well. She is recieving pain relief and the wound has been flushed several times.
This was the second time our vets did such a surgery. Years ago (in 1993) they used this method to remove a dead calf from Raja (now in Mallorca).

Rob Belterman, Rotterdam Zoo, 2009-02-12

Reference list

References

Koehl, Dan, (2024). Irma, Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) located at Rotterdam Zoo in Netherlands. Elephant Encyclopedia, available online retrieved 18 April 2024 at https://www.elephant.se/database2.php?elephant_id=720. (archived at the Wayback machine)


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