Today we are sharing with you news about the nine-year-old baby elephant who died from illness recently. Yes, we are talking about the Asian elephant who got a sudden illness and his keepers saw that his neck was swelling on Monday.
He received antiviral treatments for elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus but his health rapidly declined and he died in the early hours of 24 August 2023, Thursday morning.
An elephant at Melbourne Zoo has suddenly died after being diagnosed with a virus, leaving his keepers “devastated” and the rest of his herd “grieving”.The disease only affects elephants and usually, the creatures naturally carry the virus without symptoms.
The devasted loss of Man Jia who was nine years old and an adorable baby elephant passed away on Thursday 24 August 2023 due to an illness. People show concern and worry for the animals after his death all raising concerns for animals and asking to keep safe.
Most Asian elephants naturally carry a strain of the virus but it normally lies dormant with no symptoms. Occasionally the dormant infection can reactivate and is usually fatal in young Asian elephants.
Melbourne Zoo staff, volunteers and, in particular, Man Jai’s keeper team, many of whom have cared for him since he was born, are devastated by the loss.”
Asian Elephants can be found in Sri Lanka, Laos, Thailand, Burma, China, Malaysia, India, Indonesia, Vietnam and Cambodia and now they are leaving some estimated 53,000 in Asia and the wild population is decreasing.
The Asian elephant baby who was nine years old named Man Jai was born in December 2013 and died on 24 August 2023 due to illness. Mul child Man Jai was a very playful and adorable child and now all are missing him and it is hard to find the words to share how difficult this is for all the keepers who looked after him for his whole life and worked tirelessly.
The Asian elephant was diagnosed with an incurable disease on Monday after his keepers noticed his lethargy and swelling in his neck. He received antiviral treatments for elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus but his health rapidly declined and he died in the early hours of Thursday morning.
Zoo staff will monitor the rest of the elephant herd, who are also grieving, and the zoo’s elephant trail is closed to visitors.
We hope his soul will rest in peace however it is not right to keep animals away from their family and if they are sick treat them immediately so they can be kept safe.