"Dead" baby elephant alive in Sydney

10:01, March 12, 2010      

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A newborn male Asian Elephant stands under its mother Porntip at Taronga Zoo in Sydney in this March 11, 2010 handout picture. Porntip gave birth to a calf at Sydney's main zoo on Wednesday, surprising vets and keepers who two days earlier declared the baby had died in the womb.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

A miracle baby elephant survived Wednesday at Taronga Zoo of Australia after it was announced dead in its mother's womb, Sydney's Daily Telegraph reported.

Mark Williams, Taronga Zoo spokesman, said the calf is receiving intensive care from its keepers and the veterinary team and is still with its mother, Porntip.

This 100kg-weight, as-yet unnamed calf has earned a nickname "Mr Shuffles." It has already ridden out its first night, which delighted the staffs in Taronga Zoo.


A newborn male Asian Elephant lies near its mother Porntip at Taronga Zoo in Sydney in this March 11, 2010 handout picture.(Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Williams said it was an encouraging sign. "Both he and his mother are well and will be staying in the warm barn today," he said.

"The other elephants, including the zoo's other calf, eight-month old Luk Chai, will be in the exhibit today with access to the barn so they can spend as much time as they wish with the pair," Williams also said

Keepers and vets will continue to monitor the miracle baby elephant's progress.


A newborn male Asian Elephant suckles from its mother Porntip at Taronga Zoo in Sydney in this March 11, 2010 handout picture. (Xinhua/Reuters Photo)

Source: Xinhua/Agencies
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