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Newborn elephant suffers setback

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A baby elephant, whose mother was the first elephant to conceive via artificial insemination at Twycross Zoo, has suffered a setback.

A press conference to show off the elephant, who was born on Thursday at the Leicestershire zoo, has been cancelled as he has become unwell.

The 100kg (220lb) elephant is being closely supervised by vets but is not thought to be in a serious condition.

Staff have said he just needs more time alone with mother Noorjahan.

Noorjahan was inseminated from a bull elephant based at Whipsnade Wildlife Park in Bedfordshire.

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

The baby elephant is due to be named via a public competition.



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