Miracle baby elephant makes public debut
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Last Updated: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 18:45
  
Sydney: A baby elephant thought to have died in the womb made its first public appearance at Sydney's Taronga Zoo today, amid predictions it will make a full recovery from its arduous birth.

The male calf, nicknamed Mr Shuffles by zoo staff, wobbled out from a barn into the elephant enclosure with its mother, Porntip, four days after amazing keepers with its remarkable survival.

"He's looking around and seeing the world," zoo elephant manager Gary Miller said of the 116 kilogram animal's short foray before the public.

"He's just excited to be alive."

Miller said the indications were the elephant would have no permanent problems despite being stuck in a position in the womb which experts considered would result in death to both mother and calf in the wild.

"Because of his compromised position as he came out and was born, we didn't know if he had brain damage from lack of oxygen from such a prolonged birth," he told reporters. "I'd say he's going to be 100 per cent."

The baby elephant arrived on Wednesday morning, two days after zoo officials said they believed it had died in the womb.

They later said the animal may have fallen into the coma during the marathon nine-day labour which meant its heartbeat was not detected.

PTI


First Published: Sunday, March 14, 2010, 18:45


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