A statement released by Chester Zoo reads: "Our team have spotted a small anomaly in one of the calf's regular EEHV
Experts said elephants in the wild or in zoos don't usually survive elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV
Falko Steinbach, professor of veterinary immunology at University of Surrey, added: "A lot remains unknown about EEHV
. But with fewer than 50,000 Asian elephants left in the wild it is important that we find answers.
It means that while EEHV
is an often deadly virus, Indali has the best chance of surviving than her peers.
Richard said: "The EEHV
virus continues to be a major threat to Asian elephants worldwide, in zoos and the wild.
Relatively little is known about EEHV
and as well as those recorded in zoos, conservationists have discovered fatalities in at least seven countries across the Asian elephant range in the wild - India, Nepal, Thailand, Cambodia, Laos, Indonesia (Sumatra) and Myanmar.
The event is part of the zoo's Never Forget campaign which fights to find a solution to the deadly EEHV
virus threating Asian elephants worldwide and which some Chester Zoo elephants have already succumbed to.
The illness called elephant endotheliotropic herpes virus (EEHV
) has various strains and there is currently no cure.
Indali had been fighting for her life after a blood test revealed she had developed Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV
Baby elephants Nandita and Aayu tragically died on Thursday October 25 after they contracted Elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV
is known to be present in almost all Asian elephants, but only develops into an illness in some animals - it is unknown why this is.
The Born Free Foundation issued a critical statementafter the death of three-year-oldNandita Hi Way and 18-month Aayu Hi Way from the fast acting elephant endotheliotropic herpesvirus (EEHV