Baby Addo elephant born in E Cape reserve

2012-06-24 18:17


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Johannesburg - A baby elephant, a descendant of the Addo elephants, has been born near Grahamstown in the Eastern Cape, a spokesperson for a private game reserve says.

Conservation manager for African Pride Pumba private reserve, Richard Pearse, said the female calf was born less than two weeks ago.

"The calf was discovered by Gladman Vayo, one of Pumba's many guides while conducting an afternoon game drive," said Pearse.

"The breeding herd was moving through some very dense thicket before venturing onto a road, revealing the new arrival," he said.

"She is in fantastic condition and full of life, learning how to use her trunk and getting to know her extended family."

The calf was sired by a bull named Hapoor Junior - one of a dozen bulls relocated from the Addo Elephant national park in 2005 in an effort to reduce fights between them.

Hapoor Junior died in March this year aged 58 after battling his brother for dominance of the breeding herd.

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