Our Elephant Calf is Dying

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Really needs good thoughts and prayers This is a big deal for us in St Louis MO because he'd be the 2nd male Asian Elephant born here: His father Raja being the first. For those who are not aware, Elephants bond and feel more emotion then humans do and I'm sure the Mom, Rani is devestated. While the St Louis Zoo if doing the best they can there's only so much that can be done. This will be very traumatic for our Zoo and for us if they have to mercifully send him across the Rainbow Bridge. I feel for Rani.

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Lots of good thoughts and prayers from me! Poor baby boy! And mommy!
 

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Sending special thoughts and healing vibes to the sweet male calf. :vibes::vibes::vibes:
 
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Thanks all. I'll keep you all updated on his progress or (worse case scenario) lack of. But if memory serves me correctly I think Raja (Dad) also had the same problem when he was a calf. I can't remember completely as that was 27 years ago and I can't find many resources online about it if anyone would feel so inclined? Raja's mother's name is Pearl and he was born at the St Louis Zoo.
 

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Oh wow, I live here but I did not know. I wonder what made him so sick to begin with. I will definitely send prayers and healing thoughts to him.
 
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Oh wow, I live here but I did not know. I wonder what made him so sick to begin with. I will definitely send prayers and healing thoughts to him.
Do you remember if Raja was the same way when he was a calf? I heard a few people mention he was having problems eating when he was same age. If so there may be hope then for this one. I feel so bad, Raja lost a daughter a few ago as well to that cancer that elephants get
 

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Do you remember if Raja was the same way when he was a calf? I heard a few people mention he was having problems eating when he was same age. If so there may be hope then for this one. I feel so bad, Raja lost a daughter a few ago as well to that cancer that elephants get

I do not, but everything I have read on him and the photos that I have seen suggest that he was not ill. This little guy seems to have a developmental problem and can't eat. I have honestly never heard of such a thing. Was his daughter a baby?
 
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No she was a full grown elephant. I forgot what her name was but it's easy enough to find out.

Edited to add: her name was Kenzi. Born 2011 and died in 2018. I'm not sure at what age they reach sexual maturity.
 

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No she was a full grown elephant. I forgot what her name was but it's easy enough to find out.

Edited to add: her name was Kenzi. Born 2011 and died in 2018. I'm not sure at what age they reach sexual maturity.

I am begining to wonder if there is not something wrong with Raja- two of his offspring are dealt serious health blows.
 
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Elephants in the wild and the zoos all have some illness right now. There was an article about elephants dropping dead in Bostwana and it has nothing to do with poachers. In a month almost 2000 of them. They're still trying to figure out what's going on. Maybe it's that, but since you live here you know that our zoo is doing all they can for this baby
 
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Lots of good thoughts and prayers from me! Poor baby boy! And mommy!
My heart just shattered to pieces. The St Louis Zoo had to humanely euthanize the baby male elephant. This would be Raja's 2nd offspring that had to be put down. The first was a daughter that developed a form of cancer and had to be euthanized at 7 years of age and this one, a male. I know that the zoo did everything they could for the little one but it still is so sad.
 

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Oh, I am so sorry! It is a terrible tragedy any time we lose one of the magnificent animals!
 

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I am so sorry. Elephants are my favorite animal (at least general as a species. My favorite individual animal is obviously my kitty Rivel lol) they are smart, majestic, gentle yet strong.

It just depress me the possibility that they extinct in your lifetime exist.
 
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