Horse expertise helps save rare Somali wild donkey foal






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Horse expertise helps save rare Somali wild ass foal

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Mwana and Salia, who was born on November 13.
Mwana and Salia, who was born on November 13. © Basel Zoo

Equine expertise has helped ensure the survival of a newborn Somali wild ass filly foal whose mum rejected her at a Swiss zoo.

In the wild, the Somali wild ass is threatened with extinction, and they are one of the rarest species of mammal on the planet.

Basel Zoo welcomed the youngster, named Salia, on November 13, but her mum, Mwana, showed no interest in her following the birth, zoo staff said.

This led to the first-time mother driving the foal away whenever she tried to drink. Without intervention, Salia’s chances of survival were poor.

The filly foal is genetically very important and valuable, being sired by Adam, whose bloodlines are rare in the European population of Somali wild asses.

Basel Zoo’s veterinary team was reluctant to hand-rear Salia, so enlisted the assistance of two local horse specialists.

It was decided to administer a hormone injection to Mwana so that she would experience the birth hormones again. Within 30 minutes, the bond between mother and foal was built, and little Salia was allowed to drink extensively for the first time. She is now doing well, and enjoys testing out her long legs in spurts of speed with her mother in the outdoor enclosure.

Mwana and Salia, who was born on November 13.
Mwana and Salia. © Basel Zoo

Basel Zoo has been home to Somali wild asses since 1970, with the first foal born in 1972.

Salia is one of about 200 Somali wild asses living in zoos across the world. It is believed there are fewer than a thousand remaining in the wild in Ethiopia, Eritrea and possibly Somalia. Wars, competition with domestic animals kept by humans, being hunted for food and use in traditional medicine, and meagre food and water reserves have affected their numbers in recent years.

Mwana and Salia. © Basel Zoo
Mwana and Salia. After initial problems, the pair is now trotting happily around their enclosure. © Basel Zoo

This makes zoos’ efforts to preserve this rare species via the European EEP (the ex-situ programme run by the European Association of Zoos and Aquaria [EAZA]) even more important.

Basel Zoo coordinates the Somali wild ass EEP and runs the international studbook.

Tawa and Vusumuzi, who was born in July at Woburn Safari Park.
Tawa and Vusumuzi, who was born in July at Woburn Safari Park. © Woburn Safari Park

• A Somali wild ass foal born at Woburn Safari Park in Britain earlier this year has been named Vusumuzi. The colt, born on July 11 to mum Tawa, four, and dad Quentin, five, was named to honour the species’ African heritage.

Traditionally, the name Vusumuzi is given to first-born males in a family where, once a male is born, it is felt that the family name can easily continue and not die.

Vusumuzi’s dad Quentin was born at Woburn Safari Park in 2016, while mum Tawa arrived at the Park from Berlin in 2019.

Woburn Safari Park in Bedfordshire is an EAZA accredited zoo, and participates in the European Endangered Species Programme.

Tawa and Vusumuzi, who was born at the Woburn Safari Park.
Tawa and Vusumuzi. © Woburn Safari Park

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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AG UPDATE Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Updates:






An update for CA:

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CALIFORNIA DEPARTMENT OF FOOD AND AG UPDATE

Equine Herpes Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) Updates:

EHV-1 Quarantine in Santa Clara County
March 11, 2022: One (1) additional horse on the premises, a 21-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, displaying neurological signs was confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1 non-neuropathogenic strain) on March 11th. The gelding was euthanized on March 8th due to severity of clinical signs. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 10, 2022: An 18-year-old Thoroughbred/Percheron cross gelding in Santa Clara county displaying neurological signs was confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1 non-neuropathogenic strain). The gelding was euthanized due to severity of clinical signs. CDFA was onsite and the premises with 168 exposed horses were placed under quarantine. CDFA will closely monitor this situation.

Second EHV-1 Quarantine in San Mateo County
March 11, 2022: One (1) additional horse on the premises displaying fever was confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 11th. To date, there has been one (1) confirmed EHM case (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and two (2) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 9, 2022: A 15-year-old Quarter Horse cross gelding in San Mateo county displaying neurological signs was confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1 non-neuropathogenic strain) on necropsy on March 9th. The gelding was euthanized due to severity of clinical signs. One (1) additional horse displaying fever only with no neurological signs was confirmed positive for EHV-1. CDFA was onsite and the premises with fifty-two (52) exposed horses was placed under quarantine. CDFA will closely monitor this situation.

Third EHV-1 Quarantine in Orange County
March 13, 2022: One (1) additional horse on the premises displaying neurological clinical signs was confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 13th. To date, there have been two (2) confirmed EHM cases (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and fourteen (14) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 11, 2022: Five (5) additional horses on the premises displaying fever or mild clinical signs only were confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 11th. To date, there have been one (1) confirmed EHM case (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and fourteen (14) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 10, 2022: Three (3) additional horses on the premises displaying fever were confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 10th. To date, there have been one (1) confirmed EHM case (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and nine (9) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 9, 2022:One (1) additional horse on the premises displaying fever was confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 9th. To date, there have been one (1) confirmed EHM case (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and six (6) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 8, 2022:Three (3) additional horses on the premises displaying fever or mild clinical signs were confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 8th. To date, there have been one (1) confirmed EHM case (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and five (5) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 4, 2022: A 10-year-old Warmblood gelding in Orange county displaying neurological signs was confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1 non-neuropathogenic strain) on March 4th. Febrile horses were reported on the premises prior to this EHM case confirmation, including two (2) horses that tested positive for EHV-1. CDFA has been onsite and will quarantine any exposed cohorts. There is no known epidemiological link to any other current EHM incidents at an event premises.

 

Second EHV-1 Quarantine in Orange County
March 13, 2022: One (1) additional horse on the premises displaying fever or mild clinical signs was confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 13th. To date, there have been two (2) confirmed EHM cases (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and fourteen (14) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 11, 2022: Three (3) additional horses on the premises displaying fever or mild clinical signs were confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 11th. To date, there have been two (2) confirmed EHM cases (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and thirteen (13) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 8, 2022:Two (2) additional horses on the premises displaying fever or mild clinical signs were confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 8th. To date, there have been two (2) confirmed EHM cases (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and ten (10) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 5, 2022:Two (2) additional horses on the premises displaying fever or mild clinical signs were confirmed positive for EHV-1 on March 5th. To date, there have been two (2) confirmed EHM cases (EHV-1 infection with neurological signs) and eight (8) positive EHV-1 fever-only or mild clinical cases associated with this incident. CDFA is actively monitoring the situation.

March 3, 2022: A 22-year-old Thoroughbred gelding in Orange county displaying neurological signs starting on February 28th was confirmed positive for Equine Herpesvirus Myeloencephalopathy (EHM) secondary to equine herpesvirus-1 (EHV-1 non-neuropathogenic strain) on March 3rd. Another horse on the premises, a 22-year-old Warmblood gelding displaying neurological signs starting on March 1st was confirmed positive for EHM secondary to EHV-1 on March 3rd. Both geldings were euthanized due to severity of clinical signs. Additionally, six (6) other horses on the same premises displaying fever only or mild clinical signs have positive tests for EHV-1. 350 exposed horses on the home premises have been isolated and quarantined. CDFA will continue to closely monitor this situation.
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