Newly born baby elephant dies at Artis

13th January 2009, Comments 0 comments

A baby elephant has died in the Amsterdam zoo Artis just one day after the birth.

AMSTERDAM -- The calf was two months premature, which is rare among baby elephants. The 17-year-old mother, Thong Tai, is recovering well from the birth. The exact cause of the death of the calf, which didn't have a name yet,  is being investigated.

This was Thong Tai's second time to give birth. Her first daughter Yindee, born in 2005, is still part of the elephant herd at Artis. Yindee's father, Nikolai,was relocated to a German zoo in Hanover last year.

[AFP/ Expatica]

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