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Elephant calf's health improves

The health of an elephant calf born at a Leicestershire zoo has improved enough for him to go back on public display, vets have said.

The male elephant was born at Twycross Zoo on 6 August weighing 100kg (220lb) but he became unwell soon after.

Experts have said he is now doing fine and is expected to go on show to the public again later.

The animal's mother was the first elephant to conceive via artificial insemination at the zoo.

He is due to be named through a public competition.

His mother Noorjahan was inseminated from a bull elephant based at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire.

The procedure was carried out artificially as moving elephants between zoos for mating can be bad for herd dynamics.


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