The Asian elephant Sanuk, barely two years old, had in november last year, suddenly an abnormally red tongue, and bleeding. Herpessyndromen.Read also Pairi Daiza expect a very special birth Deadly
The herpes virus, both in zoos and in the wild, is extremely dangerous for elephants and even one of the main causes of death within the olifantenpopulatie. By oedema and internal bruising is the course of the disease is also particularly gruesome. In 80% of cases die the affected animal within a few hours or days. the
A fast treatment has emerged so on. A few minutes after the disease at Sanuk was adopted, switched on the Artis Amsterdam Royal Zoo, with the aid of Pairi Daiza. They asked for blood plasma of healthy adult elephants. By injecting at Sanuk could the immune system of the calf to be strengthened, which would help her fight against the virus.