New Orleans,
27
August
2018
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10:47 PM
America/Chicago

Audubon Zoo Mourns the Loss of African Painted Dog

Audubon Zoo is deeply saddened to announce that Sienna, the mother of the first African painted dogs ever born at Audubon Zoo, passed away yesterday following complications resulting from an infection.

Sienna underwent surgery on Saturday for pyometra, an infection of the uterus that occurs as a result of hormonal changes in the female's reproductive tract. During the procedure, Audubon veterinary staff discovered perforations in her uterus that caused fluids to leak into her abdomen. Veternarian staff worked to stabilize Sienna, but she unfortunately did not recover. 

“It’s with heavy hearts that we announce the loss of Sienna, who was a wonderful mother to her pups here at Audubon and loved spending time with them,’’ said Audubon Zoo General Curator Joel Hamilton. “She will be sorely missed by Audubon staff and guests.’’

Sienna, who was three weeks shy of her 6th birthday, gave birth to 10 African painted Dog pups – five males and five females - in September 2016. With a survival rate of 52 percent, the fact that all 10 of Sienna’s pups survived was considered remarkable.

Six of Sienna’s offspring have since been transferred to fellow accredited facilities of the Association of Zoos and Aquariums (AZA) to maintain a healthy and genetically diverse population to help bolster the species. There are less than 550 African painted dogs, also known as African wild dogs, in zoos worldwide, including about 100 painted dogs at about three dozen AZA facilities in the United States.

If the public would like to share any memories or positive thoughts with the Zoo staff and volunteers during this difficult time, please leave a note in the comment section below. Thank you for your support.

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Nisa
04
September
2018
So sad to hear this. She was really so beautiful and sounds like she had been a wonderful mother to her pups. Had the infection been detected early or late? I was wondering because of your description describing what happened and then after reading more online discussing why prompt attention is required for a positive outcome: "If the cervix is closed, it is possible for the uterus to rupture, spilling the infection into the abdominal cavity. This will also be fatal. Pyometra is a serious medical condition that requires *prompt* treatment". Either way, I just hope everyone is being super vigilant w/regards to observing the animals closely. You have so many of them to keep up with and fit is such a great responsibility to keep them all healthy. Condolences to all the staff. As an animal lover, I know how heartbreaking it is to lose one.
Roberta
29
August
2018
So very sorry for your loss. Pyo is terrible and a tough way to loose such a special girl.
Capy
29
August
2018
I’m so sorry to hear this news. African wild dogs are my favorite animals. I never met Sienna but I’m sure she was very much loved. Hope all her 10 pups will survive and will have more pups in the future. Thank you Aubudon Zoo.
Calynne Millien
28
August
2018
I am so sorry for your lose. As a avid animal lover myself, I know how much they come to mean to you. They are like your children. I am so sorry that all of you have gone through so much loss this past year. Please take comfort in knowing you are doing something wonderful. And those animals under your care have a better quality of life than most in the wild. Thank you!
Mary LaValla
28
August
2018
I am so sorry for your loss. I know that the doctirs and staff did everything they could to save her. May her legacy continue in her ten pups.
Marsha Lott
28
August
2018
So sorry for your loss. I'm sure she'll be missed by everyone.
Naval
28
August
2018
So sorry for your loss.
Kate bourgeois
28
August
2018
I'm so sorry
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