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Jul 24, 2008

Elepant pre and post partum management

Elepant pre and post partum management from ZSL - Whipsnade Zoo

Pre and post partum care of an Asian elephant calf (with special reference to hand rearing)

The calf was born at Whipsnade in March 2004. 

The cow, Kaylee, gave birth to a 149 kg calf after a difficult delivery. This is thought to be the heaviest female calf born alive. However the calf showed difficulty in suckling and so a decision was made to handrear it.

Longevity of handreared calves however is poor therefore a programme was devised by the ZSL animal and veterinary teams. The calf, Emilia is thriving at 18 months of age, feeding well and interacting with other cows and calf and Kaylee is pregnant with her second calf due early in 2007.

The care and management of pregnant cows and subsequent calf care and training has been greatly improved by this experience.

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