Baby elephant dies

2011-04-13 00:00

THE first baby elephant born in captivity in Africa died in the early hours of yesterday morning.

Dineo, the name given to the calf on Friday, had since her birth on March 21 captivated the hearts of hundreds of visitors to the National Zoo in Pretoria.

However, her health suddenly deteriorated on Friday morning after a snap of icy weather.

Dineo was moved to the zoo hospital after she developed breathing problems.

“Zoo personnel constantly watched over her,” said zoo manager Dr Clifford Nxomani in a statement yesterday.

Local and international elephant experts were approached to save the baby pachyderm.

“She received antibiotics and intravenous fluids.

“All our attempts to save her life were in vain and she died in her sleep,” said Dr Ian Espie, the zoo’s chief veterinarian.

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