Pretoria zoo elephant dies

2012-04-04 10:11

Pretoria - The first female elephant to give birth at the National Zoological Gardens in Pretoria has died, Beeld reported on Wednesday.

Veterinary experts suspected that Pumbi, 27, developed complications from a bout of bronchial pneumonia, the newspaper reported. It died on Tuesday.

Craig Allenby, the zoo's marketing director, said Pumbi was initially treated for a suspected uterine infection, with a broad-spectrum antibiotic.

The elephant then developed breathing difficulties, and lost its appetite, which made it difficult to give it any medication.

"We had to resort to hiding medicine in her treats, and then the weekend's cold, wet weather saw her take a turn for the worse," Dr Ian Espie, the zoo's chief veterinary surgeon told Beeld.

Pumbi was born in the Kruger Park in 1985, and gave birth to a calf, Dineo, in March 2011.

Zoo manager Dr Clifford Nxomani said his staff had tried everything to save Pumbi.

"They even spent nights with her. She will always have a special place in my heart, and I'll remember her every time I walk past her enclosure," he said.

  • jackal666.daniel - 2012-04-04 10:50

    RIP you gentle giant.

  • Irene - 2012-04-04 10:52

    RIP Pumbi, you very special creature.

  • christo.stone - 2012-04-04 10:55

    Poor girl :(

  • Cosmic - 2012-04-04 11:00

    Ag no, RIP beautifull!

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  • Valeska - 2012-04-04 11:15

    "it died on tuesday" - the disrespect is disgusting

      gemjane - 2012-04-04 11:25

      I know, whoever wrote this article is very insensitive and should not be reporting on animal stories

      Dianne - 2012-04-04 11:41

      Agreed...."it" is definitely not a word that should be used and it is both disrespectful and insensitive.

  • meredith.r.pollock - 2012-04-04 11:17

    :-( Always sad when an animal dies.. RIP you magnificent creature..

  • Lindiwe - 2012-04-04 11:30

    RIP Pumbi...I was @ the Zoo on Sunday and saw there was something wrong with her. They kept on throwing food for her but she wasnt eating any of it. I spent so much time there watching and I was taken :-(

      charmaine.manicom - 2012-04-04 13:42

      Yes, Lindiwe, we also saw her, she had darts in her rump which were apparently antibiotics. Very sad.

  • marthamp.mphara - 2012-04-04 11:30

    Woooooow elephant are like us born 1985 nd only give birth @ 26 years woow.... I will miss you. Evertime I enter pretoria zoo your the 1st animal I see and love as big as you are

  • Dianne - 2012-04-04 11:39

    So well Pumbi xx

  • ailsa.j.loudon - 2012-04-04 11:46

    Very sad! It is horrible to keep them in captivity.

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  • Nona - 2012-04-04 18:06

    Why was an elephant born in the Kruger park incarcerated in a zoo ???

  • trixie.stathakis.osterloh - 2012-04-05 08:36

    Pumbi is a SHE and not an IT!!!! Who's this journalist??? We are not talking about a table - we are talking about a beautiful creature. ? RIP gentle giant ?

  • Chimene - 2012-04-05 08:42

    How can u say IT died. She was a living being. Its sad she died locked up in a zoo.

  • Quanta-His - 2012-04-05 09:29

    ohh so sad

  • Miriam - 2012-04-05 12:40

    It sounds terrible.......they could have said she died...... RIP magnificent animal.......

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