Fuku-chan, a 13-year old female elephant in Japan’s Fukuyama city, will have to wait longer for an Asian mating partner to be imported from Mumbai or other parts of India.
Yoshihiko Matsuura, director general of Economic and Environment Affairs Bureau, has written to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation (BMC) chief Subodh Kumar to facilitate a male elephant’s visit to his zoo for mating purpose.
The letter dated June 22, a copy of which is available with HT, says that Fuku-chan is a Malaysian elephant, weighting 2670 kg, 230 cm tall, fully grown and is reaching mating age. “What worries us is its (female elephants’) unstable mind. Arrival of a male as her mating partner will solve the problem,” says the letter. The Japanese want only an Asian elephant as its mating partner.
But BMC officials said they were unable to help the Japanese because the city doesn’t have a male elephant. “Rajkumar, the only male elephant was in the city zoo but we had to shift him to Thiruvananthapuram in Kerala three years ago because he also needed a mating partner. The local court had directed us to shift him to Kerala,” said a BMC official requesting anonymity as he is not authorised to speak to the media.
Currently, the city’s Byculla zoo has two female elephants, Laxmi, 54 and Anarkali ,46.
“The BMC cannot directly deal with any zoo out of country. Any zoo in the country should have to go through the Central Zoo Authority (CZA),” said a member of senior civic official on the condition of anonymity.
Municipal commissioner Subodh Kumar was not available for the comment.