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Scientists have brought 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth cells back to life.

2022-05-26 - Higashiosaka, Japan. Jackson White

During a remarkable scientific experiment, cells from a woolly mammoth that died over 28,000 years ago began displaying “signs of life.” The cells from the 28,000-year-old specimen began to display “evidence of biological processes” after that. Five of the cells even displayed very unexpected and intriguing outcomes, such as signals of activity that are normally typically seen just before cell division.


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Japan"s Oldest Zoo Unveils Baby Elephant, Needs Help Naming It

2020-12-04 - Tokyo, Japan.

On Tuesday, Tokyo’s Ueno Zoological Gardens unveiled its first baby elephant to the world and asked the public to help name it, reported news agency Reuters. The male calf is born to parent elephants Authi and Artid who were gifted to Japan by Thailand in 2002. The gifts were presented to celebrate the birth of Princess Aiko, who is the only daughter of Japanese Emperor Naruhito and Empress Masako.


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Ueno Zoo Celebrates 1st Birth of Elephant

2020-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

Ueno Zoo has seen the first birth of a baby elephant since it opened in 1882. Authai, a female Asian elephant at the zoo in Tokyo, gave birth to a male cub at 5:44 a.m. Saturday (8:44 p.m. Friday GMT), the zoo has said. The baby elephant measures 1 meter in height to its back and weighs 120.5 kilograms. The mother and the baby are both in good condition, according to the zoo.


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Female Asian Himeko in Himeji Zoo has died

2020-10-27 - , Japan.

Himeji Zoo announced that Himeyo, 43 years old, died 24th of October, from foot related problems. Her condition suddenly changed on the morning of the 24th, and she died.


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Athi an Asian elephant bull, at Ueno Zoo is dead

2020-08-25 - Tokyo, Japan.

Athi, (also known as Ache, Artit, Artid) who killed his keeper in 2005, died 24th August 2020, 23 years old, in Ueno Zoo, Japan. He could not stand up on the morning of the 23rd and was confirmed dead on the 24th. He was found to be infected with tuberculosis in late July.


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Kenny, an African Bush elephant at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens has died.

2020-08-11 - Nagoya, Japan.

47 years old Kenny in Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens in Japan died 10th of August 2020. Kenny was born wild 1973 in Kenya, arrived in Higashiyama Zoo in 1975.


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Elephant at Japan zoo goes on diet with help of visitors

An elephant gets an orange from a visitor at a zoo in Morioka, northeastern Japan, on June 21, 2020.

2020-06-22 - Morioka, Japan. KYODO NEWS

Visitors to a Japanese zoo are playing their part in helping an overweight female African elephant make progress on a diet-and-exercise regime to prepare it for a groundbreaking attempt at artificial insemination. Mao, 18, gained some 500 kilograms when put on a special feeding program following the death of her mate in November 2018, and zoo officials have been trying to get her to shed weight to increase the chances of success of what will be the nation's first attempt to artificially breed an...


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Retirement of a veteran keeper who says goodbye to Fuziko

Mr. Satake touching Fujiko for the first time in 4 months = Higashi Park Zoo in Kakemachi, Okazaki City, Aichi Prefecture

2019-11-16 - Okazaki City, Japan. Takashi Ogawa

This year, a staff member who took care of elephants for 35 years left the scene at Shito Higashi Koen Zoo in Okazaki City, Fujiko came from a zoo in Fukuyama City , Hiroshima Prefecture in 1982, before the park opened . Shinpei Satake (69), a zookeeper who retired this spring, was in charge at about the same time as he came to the park.


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Asian elephant kills trainer with its trunk at zoo in central Japan

2017-03-14 - SHIRAHAMA, Japan.

Madee Wichai, a Thai national, was washing the animal with a colleague at Adventure World here when the animal hurled him against the metal bars of the cage. Wichai, 37, had worked at the zoo since 2015. He hit the bars with such force that he suffered severe trauma to his head and died from a brain contusion about an hour after he was admitted to a hospital.


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Donations sought for Hanako

A leaflet calling for donations to build a statue of Hanako

2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

People who miss Hanako, the popular elephant who died in May at a Tokyo zoo, can chip in via the internet to help build a statue in her memory. Hanako reached the age of 69 and was the nation’s oldest elephant. An executive committee comprising the Musashino city government, a local chamber of commerce and other groups, has begun soliciting donations to erect a statue of the Asian elephant.


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Asian elephant at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo has miscarriage

Authi

2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan.

An elephant at Ueno Zoological Gardens has had a miscarriage, about four months after it was confirmed as the first Asian elephant to get pregnant at the Tokyo zoo since it opened in 1882, the zoo said on Tuesday (Nov 1). Authi, 18, had been expected to give birth around June or July next year but had a miscarriage on Monday, possibly due to a blocked blood flow caused by a twisted umbilical cord.


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Zoology Notes 009: Elephants use trunks like leaf blowers

2015-11-06 - Tokyo, Japan.

Researchers in Japan have now conducted a more detailed investigation of this behaviour, by setting two female elephants at Kamine Zoo a range of food-blasting challenges. Typically, it took the elephants just 3 blows to bring a food item within reach.


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Elephant becomes pregnant for the first time in Okinawa

The Asian elephant Ryuka that has become pregnant. At Okinawa Zoo & Museum on February 10.

2014-02-25 - Okinawa, Japan.

The Okinawa Zoo & Museum has announced on February 10 that 13-year-old Asian elephant Ryuka is pregnant. It is the first time that an elephant has become pregnant in Okinawa. She is scheduled to give birth around next March. Ten elephants have been born in Japan since the war. The people related to the zoo hope the elephant will be born in Okinawa for the first time.


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Japan"s eldest elephant, Hanako, celebrates 67th birthday at Inokashira Park Zoo

2014-02-09 - Mitaka, Japan.

Hanako, a female Asian elephant who arrived in Japan shortly after the end of World War II celebrated her 67th birthday on Feb. 2 at Inokashira Park Zoo -- continuing her distinction as Japan´s eldest elephant. Also attending the occasion was the family of the late Thai businessperson Somwang Sarasas, who presented Hanako as a gift in 1949 with his own funds.


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Keepers teach orphaned elephants to raise young

Father figure: Osamu Shiina looks after African elephants at Tobe Zoological Park in Ehime Prefecture on Nov. 21.

2013-12-17 - Tobe, Japan.

African elephants brought to zoos in Japan are often unable to raise their offspring because many lost their parents to poaching by ivory hunters. But they are smart enough to learn from their keepers, said Osamu Shiina, who cares for the animals at a prefectural-run zoo on Shikoku. Shiina, 51, is in charge of a family of four African elephants at Tobe Zoological Park in the town of Tobe, Ehime Prefecture.


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First Sri Lankan elephant born at Nagoya Zoo

2013-03-06 - Higashiyama, Japan.

Two Sri Lankan elephants in Higashiyama zoo in Nagoya, Japan delivered a female baby elephant on Tuesday 29th January, being the first Asian elephant to be born at the Higashiyama zoo and the 6th Asian elephant to be born in Japan. At present there are 73 Asian elephants at 37 facilities in Japan. Of these, 8 elephants are from Sri Lanka.


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Elephant tramples keeper to death at Shizuoka safari park

2012-10-16 - Shizuoka, Japan.

An elephant trampled its keeper to death at a zoo in Shizuoka Prefecture on Tuesday as he tried to stop the gigantic animal from attacking its new-born calf, police and reports said. Inthavong Khamphone, who was from Laos, had watched the elephants overnight with other keepers at Fuji Safari Park after the mother gave birth on Sunday, police said.


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Sri Lanka Festival At Higashiyama Zoo In Nagoya

2012-10-07 - Tokyo, Japan.


The longstanding ties between the Higashiyama zoo and the Dehiwela zoo in Sri Lanka dates back to the time when the first 2 elephants were gifted to the zoo by the Pinnawela elephant orphanage in 2005. At present these elephants are in good health and the female elephant is to give birth to a baby elephant in a few months.


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The WEIRD Psychology of Elephants

2012-10-03 - Tokyo, Japan.

Yasui S, Konno A, Tanaka M, Idani G, Ludwig A, Lieckfeldt D, & Inoue-Murayama M (2012). Personality Assessment and Its Association With Genetic Factors in Captive Asian and African Elephants. The researchers write, “this study is the first examination of genetic components affecting individual differences of personality in captive elephants.”


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Unusual Import: Six elephants from Laos to make Japan their new home

2012-06-25 - Tokyo, Japan.

Technically they are not an import, but a loan from the generous Laotian government, who have agreed to send across six elephants to Japan. The animals will make the Tohoku Safari Park in Nihonmatsu, Fukushima Prefecture; Iwate Safari Park in Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture; and World Monkey Park in Nasu, Tochigi Prefecture, their new homes. The loan is for a short span of three years and the animals are expected to arrive in July.


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Tokyo zoo celebrates Asian elephant Hanako"s 65th birthday

Japan

2012-02-14 - Tokyo, Japan.

Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo held an event Sunday to mark the 65th birthday of Japan´s oldest Asian elephant, Hanako. A Thai Embassy envoy and mayors of two local cities took part in a ceremony while around 350 visitors joined zoo staff in celebrating. Hanako is now the fifth oldest elephant at zoos around the world, with the oldest aged 74 years, zoo director Etsuo Narushima said in a speech.


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Japans oldest Asian elephant set to turn 65

By the trunkful: Zookeeper Kotaro Takahashi feeds Hanako the Asian elephant at Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo on Dec. 14.

2012-01-11 - Kyodo, Japan. NAOKO IWASAKI

Inokashira Park Zoo in western Tokyo is getting ready to fete the 65th birthday next month of Hanako, soon to become the oldest Asian elephant in Japan. "She likes people very much," said Miwa Saito, 28, one of four keepers who look after the pachyderm. Hanako has been living at the zoo for more than 50 years and has never had a major disease or injury. But she is very timid and nervous, especially from sounds such as sirens, thunder and passing aircraft.


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Mammoths May Be Roaming the World In Five Years

2011-12-05 - Tokyo, Japan.

Scientists from Japan´s Kinki University and the Sakha Republic´s mammoth museum have discovered well preserved marrow in a thigh bone discovered in Siberia, buried under the permafrost. The marrow is in such good condition that its cells´ DNA could be used to replace the nuclei of elephant egg cells. Scientists have been trying to clone woolly mammoths for years, but now they´re really close. So close that in five years you may see herds of this gigantic beast—one of t...


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Ueno Zoo"s Asian elephant gives birth at 34

The female calf born to the Asian elephant ASHA

2011-09-21 - Ueno, Japan.

Hoping to become proud parents, the Ueno Zoo loaned its Asian elephant ASHA to Toyohashi Zoo two years ago. The wait was worth it on Sept. 17 at 12:30 a.m., as ASHA gave birth to a female calf, the fourth successful birth in captivity in Japan of an Asian elephant and the first for an elephant belonging to the Ueno Zoo. The calf weighed 90.5 kilograms and was 93 centimeters tall. At 34, ASHA is the oldest elephant in Japan to give birth. Her age is the equivalent of between 40 to 50 years in hum...


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Bringing back the woolly mammoth back to life. The frozen corpse of a baby mammoth from the Siberian steppes has pushed open the doors to the cloning of long-extinct species. But is it right?

Baby it’s you: Scientists inspect the carcass of a baby mammoth in the Arctic city of Salekhard

2011-03-29 - Osaka, Japan.

Now Japanese scientists believe they may be just four years away from resurrecting something far more impressive – the woolly mammoth. The feat is all down to the discovery of mammoths preserved in the Siberian permafrost and the revolutionary cloning of a mouse – usually portrayed as an elephant’s nemesis. The project to bring back a real life ‘manny’ from Ice Age extinction is being led by researchers at Kinki University in Osaka, Japan.


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NGO survey finds Japanese Internet auction sites awash in ivory listings

2011-02-09 - Tokyo, Japan.

A survey of Japanese Internet auction sites has revealed an average of more than 20 new and potentially illegal listings for ivory products per day. The auction site survey -- conducted by the Japanese branch of the non-government organization Traffic, which monitors the international animal trade also revealed that many of the listings do not mention a country of origin or other vital information, suggesting some of the items may be connected to the illegal trade in animals and animal products.


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Elephant steps on trainer breaking his ribs

Taiyo, left, the Asian elephant, is pictured in this file photo in Miyazaki, April 15, 2006.

2010-07-26 - Miyazaki, Japan.

A trainer who was cleaning an elephant pen at Phoenix Zoo here suffered broken ribs and other injuries July 25 when Taiyo, a male Asian elephant, used his trunk to knock the trainer down and stepped on him. Police said the trainer is a 27-year-old Thai male, who has been in charge of Taiyo, 10, since he was introduced to the zoo around five years ago.


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Skeletal restration of Stegodon aurorae (Proboscidea, Mammalia) and its feature : case study in the Taga specimen(Recent Progress in Studies on Japanese Proboscidean Fossils)

2009-12-13 - Minakuchi, Japan.

Almost complete skeleton of Stegodon aurorae (Taga specimen) was found in Taga town, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. On the basis of the skeletal restration of the specimen, this paper presents morphological features of Stegodon aurorae. The restored skeleton is 193cm in shoulder height; 458cm in body length. The dorsal convex curvature in anterior thoracic vertebrae is rather strong, while straightened in posterior thoracic and lumber vertebrae


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Inokashira Park Zoo celebrates 55 years of elephant Hanako

Asian elephant Hanako plays with a rope at Inokashira Park Zoo.

2009-09-21 - Mainichi, Japan.

Inokashira Park Zoo celebrated on Monday the 55th anniversary of the arrival of Hanako, believed to be the oldest Asian elephant in Japan. Hanako, believed to be 62 years old, first came to Ueno Zoo in September 1949 from Bangkok. As a member of a traveling zoo, Hanako traveled across Japan over the following six-month period with other animals including Indira, another elephant presented by then Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru.


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Japan"s oldest Asian elephant dies at zoo in Kanagawa

Umeko is pictured with a cake celebrating her 60th birthday at Odawara Zoo in this October 2007 file photo.

2009-09-18 - Odawara, Japan.

Japan's oldest Asian elephant died on Thursday at the estimated age of 62, officials at a small zoo here announced. An employee at Odawara Zoo found the female elephant, dubbed "Umeko," lying on the floor of the elephant house on Thursday morning. Umeko came to the zoo from Thailand at the estimated age of 3 in October 1950, to mark the Kodomo Bunka Hakurankai (Children's Cultural Exposition) hosted by the city of Odawara.


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Yu Aoi Film Discussion - Hoshi ni Natta Shounen – Shining Boy & Little Randy

2009-01-15 - Tokyo, Japan.

As always, a little about the film: This 2005 film stars Yuya Yagira (Tetsumu), of Dare mo Shiranai (Nobody Knows) fame - a role that earned him the Best Actor award at the Cannes Film Festival - as a young man who wants to become the first Japanese elephant trainer. I think the elephants scenes are the ones that I enjoyed the most~ xD THOUGH, the ending is not really happy…


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abstract

Relative quantity judgment by Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

2008-08-20 - Tokyo, Japan. Irie-Sugimoto N, Kobayashi T, Sato T, Hasegawa T. Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, University of Tokyo

This study investigated whether Asian elephants can make relative quantity judgment (RQJ), a dichotomous judgment of unequal quantities ordered in magnitude. In Experiment 1, elephants were simultaneously shown two baskets with differing quantities of bait (up to 6 items). In Experiment 2, elephants were sequentially presented with baits, which could not be seen by elephants in their total quantities. The task of elephants was to choose the larger quantity in both experiments. Results showed tha...


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Elephants master basic mathematics

Count the elephant legs

2008-08-20 - Tokyo, Japan. Ewen Callaway, NewScientist.com news service

Add elephants to the growing menagerie of animals that can count. An Asian elephant named Ashya beat this reporter at a devilishly simple addition problem. When a trainer dropped three apples into one bucket and one apple into a second, then four more apples in the first and five more in the second, the pacaderm recognised that three plus four is greater than one plus five, and snacked on the seven apples. (In my defence, I watched the video in a noisy and crowded auditorium.)


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Kids delighted to make postcards from elephant dung

Participants make postcards using elephant dung pulp at Kumamoto Zoo over the weekend.

2008-06-16 - Kumamoto, Japan.

Children were delighted to get the chance over the weekend to make postcards using recycled elephant dung at Kumamoto Zoo. The 10 elementary school pupils made the environmentally friendly postcards as part of a program that started in 2006 and will be held again next month. "It was great fun," said Hayato Yonemura, a 7-year-old first grader who has taken part in the postcard program since his kindergarten days. Hayato's mom lauded the program "It's great if it helps the kids develop an understa...


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Nearly Three Tons of Ivory Torched in Japan

2008-04-24 - Tokyo, Japan.

A 2.8 ton ivory stockpile, confiscated in 2006 by Japan Customs in Osaka, has finally been incinerated after previous reports that authorities were hesitating to do so. The record ivory haul represents the lost lives of hundreds of endangered African elephants. The initial confiscation of the ivory took place in August 2006, and represents the largest ivory seizure ever in Japan. The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry indicates that the contraband was destroyed last month.


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Mammy joins in New Year fun in Ichihara Elephant Kingdom Zoo

2008-02-04 - Chiba, Japan.

An elephant at a Japanese zoo has joined in the fun of an age-old New Year tradition of throwing beans to fend off bad luck. Mammy, a ten-year-old female from Ichihara Elephant Kingdom Zoo, used her trunk to hurl beans at performers dressed as ogres for a packed audience of children. The performance was said to be a very difficult one, as only one out of nine elephants at the zoo were able to be trained to defy the temptation of eating the beans before throwing them. "This elephant can restrain ...


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Scientist mapping mammoth

2008-01-23 - Tokyo, Japan. Shigeki Tao / Yomiuri Shimbun

Organized by The Yomiuri Shimbun and others, an exhibition of the mammoth is being held until Feb. 3 at the Marunouchi Building in front of Tokyo Station. Since the end of last year, Naoki Suzuki, director of the Institute for High Dimensional Medical Imaging, has been conducting 3-D computer mapping of a frozen baby mammoth that was discovered in May in permafrost in Russia's western Siberia. The institute, which is part of Jikei University, is located in Komae, Tokyo. With body hair on its fro...


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Japan: An Elephant Kingdom. There are already more than 50 elephants in captivity here

2008-01-23 - Tokyo, Japan. Kaori Bell

When we mention zoos, Japanese people first think of elephants. Many of us know an old song for children in which mentions their long trunks. According to the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums latest database, we have already more than 50 elephants in captivity.


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Frozen Baby Mammoth to Shed Light on Climate Change

2008-01-04 - Tokyo, Japan. Hiroko Tabuchi

Frozen in much the state it died some 37,500 years ago, a Siberian baby mammoth undergoing tests in Japan could finally explain why the beasts were driven to extinction -- and shed light on climate change, scientists said Friday. The 6-month-old calf, unearthed in May by a reindeer herder in northern Siberia's remote Yamal-Nenets autonomous region, is virtually intact and even has some fur, though the tail and ear of the animal dubbed "Lyuba" were apparently bitten off. "Lyuba's discovery is an ...


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Russian Mammoth Goes to Japan

2008-01-02 - Tokyo, Japan.

The fossil baby mammoth named Lyuba that was found in May 2007 on Yamal has been delivered from Moscow to Tokyo for research purposes. A refrigerating chamber with the well-preserved 50 kilogram body of the baby mammoth has been transferred from the Narita international airport to Jikei University in Komae, a suburb of Tokyo. Scientists assume that Lyuba died at the aged of 6 months and its body lied in permafrost for about 37 thousand years. According to Professor Naoki Suzuki, the head of the ...


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African Ivory Headed for One-Time Auction

2007-12-29 - Tokyo, Japan. Gwen Thompkins

Sometime early next year, tons of African ivory will be sold at auction to Japan. Despite the international ban on the trade, South Africa, Botswana and Namibia will be allowed a one-time purge of their stockpiled ivory. Conservationists hope the sale won't reignite widespread demand for elephant tusks.


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Japan examines mammoth fossil

2007-12-29 - Tokyo, Japan.

The frozen carcass of a 37 000-year-old baby mammoth unearthed this summer in Siberia arrived in Japan on Saturday for tests that researchers hope will shed new light on the internal structure of the ancient beasts, an official said. The 1.2m grey-and-brown carcass arrived at Tokyo International Airport on Saturday afternoon, said Mitsuyoshi Uno, an official with the joint Russo-Japanese mammoth-study project that is overseeing the research.


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A male Asian born at Oji Zoo, Kobe has a name: Ouji

2007-12-24 - Kobe, Japan. Katsunori Sotari

A male baby at Oji Zoo, Kobe, Japan, was named on 15 December 2007. The name is "Ouji". Ouji (o-wu-ji) is the same pronunciation as Oji, the name of zoo.
And the Japanese 'ouji' means 'Prince' also, peples wish the baby grow to be a prince-like young. Ouji is now fed by bottle, because of not succeeded to back to his mother.


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abstract

Evidence of means-end behavior in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus).

2007-12-18 - Tokyo, Japan. Irie-Sugimoto N, Kobayashi T, Sato T, Hasegawa T., University of Tokyo

The present study explores to what extent Asian elephants show "means-end" behavior. We used captive Asian elephants (N = 2) to conduct four variations of the Piagetian "support" problem, which involves a goal object that is out of reach, but rests on a support within reach. In the first condition, elephants were simultaneously presented with two identical trays serving as the "support", with the bait on one tray and the other tray left empty. In the next two conditions, the bait was placed on o...


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Jingle bells: Elephants ready for Christmas choir

2007-11-26 - Tokyo, Japan.

This Christmas, elephants are all set to bring some cheer to Japan. Three Asian elephants have been practicing intensively over the last few weeks to learn "Jingle Bells" to mark the holiday season. The elephants use their trunks to beat, or ring the bells while the Christmas song is played. The Christmas show, in which the elephants will perform, will officially open to the public on December 2.


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A male Asian born at Oji Zoo, Kobe, Japan on 21 October 2007

2007-10-31 - Kobe, Japan.

a male baby was born at Oji Zoo, Kobe on 21 Oct. 2007. The father is Mac (Boy), born at Circus Knie in Switzerland and mother is Zuzanna, born in Riga Zoo in Latvia. The elephant calf is presently bottle fed, but the zoo is trying to back him to the mother Zuze.


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METI reluctant to incinerate 3 tons of seized elephant ivory

2007-08-08 - Osaka, Japan. The Yomiuri Shimbun

The Economy, Trade and Industry Ministry is pondering whether to destroy or preserve 3 tons of smuggled ivory, an amount equal to the tusks of about 100 African elephants, seized by the Osaka Customhouse. As trade in ivory is prohibited by the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species and Wild Fauna and Flora, informally known as the Washington Convention, smuggled ivory is usually incinerated. But the amount of ivory seized was so large that some officials at the ministry voiced o...


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abstract

Relationship between Body Temperature and Ovarian Cycle in Asian and African Elephants.

2007-06-25 - Gifu, Japan. Kusuda S, Wakimoto T, Sato T, Nishimura K, Kawakami S, Okuda K, Saito E, Shimada T, Sakamoto H, Yanagimoto H, Wada S, Nishio K, Fuji H, Suzuki T, Hashikawa H, Kusunoki H, Doi O. Biological Sciences, Gifu University.

The aim of the present study was to investigate whether changes in body temperature are related to the ovarian cycle in elephants. Rectal, tongue or fecal temperature was measured for 2 Asian and 5 African elephants using an electric thermometer. Evaluation of ovarian cycles was based on the changes in serum or fecal progestin. These results suggest that measurement of body temperature can be used to easily evaluate the ovarian cyclicity of an individual animal, although it might not be able to ...


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Call of the wild

Visitors can get a close-up look at river otters at Ueno Zoo in Tokyo

2007-06-07 - Asahiyama, Japan. JUNYA YOSHIDA

When an elephant named Indira arrived at Ueno Zoo in 1949, it sparked a zoo-building frenzy around the nation. People in charge of zoo projects came to Ueno and went home with blueprints of the facility. "A lot of the zoos around the nation were like facsimiles of the same facility," Kenichi Kitamura, executive director of the Japanese Association of Zoos and Aquariums, said. But with the arrival of Asahiyama Zoo, the zoos have begun implementing displays with their own innovations. So will Ueno...


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Misaki Koen park Zoo brings back a friend from grave

2007-05-22 - Tannowa, Japan.

In 2004, the park lost its two elephants, Izumi and Midori. Ever since, the old elephant stable had stood barren. Now the stable has been renovated. And Izumi has returned to her old home where she lived for 48 years, this time as a skeleton. The two female elephants had been at the park since it opened back in 1957. The two Indian elephants were extremely popular with visitors, entertaining them with various tricks, like climbing on tiny stools.


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40 tons of ivory seized worldwide

2007-04-29 - Kyodo, Japan.

Some 40 tons of illegally traded ivory was seized around the world in the two-year period through the end of 2006, Kenya and Mali said Saturday. The total includes some 3 tons confiscated at an Osaka port last year. While the amount implies the deaths of some 6,000 African elephants, the two countries estimate that nearly 40,000 elephants were killed during the two years; the seizures are seen as just the tip of the iceberg.


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Customs and police show off 3 tons of ivory confiscated from smugglers. Largest amount of ivory to be confiscated from smugglers in a single incident in Japan

Customs officials arrange ivory confiscated from smugglers on the floor of its container inspection center in Suminoe-ku, Osaka, on Thursday.

2007-03-01 - OSAKA, Japan.

Local customs and police officials showed the press on Thursday three tons of ivory they had confiscated from smugglers. Osaka Customs and Osaka Prefectural Police released some 608 pieces of ivory measuring 30 to 40 centimeters in length and 17,928 smaller pieces that the smugglers had intended to sell for use as seals. The ivory pieces weigh a total of three tons and are worth about 1 billion yen. The ivory is believed to have been taken from about 130 African elephants, customs officials said...


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Japan seizes record ivory haul

Seized ivory from elephants poached in South Africa in October 2002. Japanese authorities have arrested two men for trying to import 2.8 tons of ivory, a record amount seized in the country which is a top black market for elephant tusks.

2007-02-07 - Osaka, Japan. Alexander Joe

Japanese authorities have arrested two men for trying to import 2.8 tons of ivory, a record amount seized in the country which is a top black market for elephant tusks. The ivory, which came from African elephants, was found in a ship that came from Malaysia via South Korea, police said in the western port of Osaka. An official at the Osaka customs house said the amount of seized ivory was 2.8 tons, the largest since the ban went into effect. The second largest was a shipment of about two tons c...


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death

Japan"s second oldest elephant in captivity dies after falling over at zoo

Hanako is seen eating fruit in this September 1999 file photograph.

2007-01-29 - SAPPORO, Japan.

A 60-year-old elephant at Sapporo Maruyama Zoo, the second oldest kept in captivity in Japan, died on Sunday, officials said. Hanako had been healthy until Saturday but suddenly died when she lost her balance and fell over, apparently squashing her internal organs. Hanako had been popular with visitors to the zoo since her arrival in July 1953. In 1999, Hanako briefly refused to eat following the death of an elephant at the zoo. But she eventually recovered and was the sole elephant at the zoo.


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medical

Hanako the elephant faced with trunk load of woes

Hanako with a torn trunk.

2006-10-21 - AKITA, Japan.

Hanako, a 17-year-old African elephant at Akita Municipal Omoriyama Zoo, is struggling with a torn trunk, zoo officials said. The injury, as disruptive for elephants as serious hand injuries can be for humans, is making it difficult for Hanako to eat and drink, but is not expected to lead to other health problems.
Zookeepers have her taking regular doses of antibiotics, while keeping close watch over her condition.


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abstract

New filarial nematode from Japanese serows (Naemorhedus crispus: Bovidae) close to parasites from elephants.

2006-09-13 - Osaka City University, Japan. Uni S, Bain O., Agatsuma T, Katsumi A, Baba M, Yanai T, Takaoka H.

A new onchocercid species, Loxodontofilaria caprini n. sp, found in subcutaneous tissues of 37 (33%) of 112 serows examined in Japan, is described. The new parasite appears to clearly illustrate a major event in the evolution of onchocercids: the host-switching. This might have occurred on the Eurasian continent, where elephantids and the lineage of rupicaprines diversified during the Pliocene-Pleistocene, or in Japan, into which some of these hosts migrated.


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21st century woolly mammoth may be possible: scientists

2006-08-16 - Ibaraki, Japan. Kimberly Fu

After an experiment that brought frozen mice back to life, Japanese scientists are now testing the same methods on ancient woolly mammoth remains. Researchers from the RIKEN Bioresource Centre in Ibaraki, Japan worked with sperm from frozen mice and mice organs in the experiment with mice. Now, fully intact woolly mammoth bodies have been excavated from Siberian permafrost in order to perform the same procedures.


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accident

Male elephant knocks out keeper at Tokyo zoo

2005-12-14 - Tokyo, Japan.

A male elephant knocked out a keeper with one of his tusks at a zoo in central Tokyo in what may have been a hormone-driven frenzy, the zoo master said Tuesday. Attie, a 2.2-ton (2.4-U.S. ton) Asian bull at Tokyo's Ueno Zoo, struck his keeper Yutaka Kawaharabayashi in the forehead on Tuesday morning, zoo master Teruyuki Komiya told reporters.


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Woolly Mammoth Closer to Asian Elephants

2005-06-20 - TOKYO, Japan.

Japanese scientists said Friday that DNA tests have shown that the prehistoric woolly mammoth is more closely related to Asian elephants than to their African counterparts, settling a long-running debate over the lineage of the giant animals that went extinct 10,000 years ago. Nagoya University professor Tomoo Ozawa and his team examined muscle tissue DNA taken from a woolly mammoth excavated in Siberia and determined that the animal and Asiatic elephants branched off from the same ancestor 4.8 ...


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59 Headlines about Elephants from Japan2022-05-26 - Higashiosaka, Japan - Scientists have brought 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth cells back to life. 2020-12-04 - Tokyo, Japan - Japan"s Oldest Zoo Unveils Baby Elephant, Needs Help Naming It 2020-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan - Ueno Zoo Celebrates 1st Birth of Elephant 2020-10-27 - , Japan - Female Asian Himeko in Himeji Zoo has died 2020-08-25 - Tokyo, Japan - Athi an Asian elephant bull, at Ueno Zoo is dead 2020-08-11 - Nagoya, Japan - Kenny, an African Bush elephant at Higashiyama Zoo and Botanical Gardens has died. 2020-06-22 - Morioka, Japan - Elephant at Japan zoo goes on diet with help of visitors 2019-11-16 - Okazaki City, Japan - Retirement of a veteran keeper who says goodbye to Fuziko 2017-03-14 - SHIRAHAMA, Japan - Asian elephant kills trainer with its trunk at zoo in central Japan 2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan - Donations sought for Hanako 2016-11-01 - Tokyo, Japan - Asian elephant at Tokyo’s Ueno zoo has miscarriage 2015-11-06 - Tokyo, Japan - Zoology Notes 009: Elephants use trunks like leaf blowers 2014-02-25 - Okinawa, Japan - Elephant becomes pregnant for the first time in Okinawa 2014-02-09 - Mitaka, Japan - Japan"s eldest elephant, Hanako, celebrates 67th birthday at Inokashira Park Zoo 2013-12-17 - Tobe, Japan - Keepers teach orphaned elephants to raise young 2013-03-06 - Higashiyama, Japan - First Sri Lankan elephant born at Nagoya Zoo 2012-10-16 - Shizuoka, Japan - Elephant tramples keeper to death at Shizuoka safari park 2012-10-07 - Tokyo, Japan - Sri Lanka Festival At Higashiyama Zoo In Nagoya 2012-10-03 - Tokyo, Japan - The WEIRD Psychology of Elephants 2012-06-25 - Tokyo, Japan - Unusual Import: Six elephants from Laos to make Japan their new home 2012-02-14 - Tokyo, Japan - Tokyo zoo celebrates Asian elephant Hanako"s 65th birthday 2012-01-11 - Kyodo, Japan - Japans oldest Asian elephant set to turn 65 2011-12-05 - Tokyo, Japan - Mammoths May Be Roaming the World In Five Years 2011-09-21 - Ueno, Japan - Ueno Zoo"s Asian elephant gives birth at 34 2011-03-29 - Osaka, Japan - Bringing back the woolly mammoth back to life. The frozen corpse of a baby mammoth from the Siberian steppes has pushed open the doors to the cloning of long-extinct species. But is it right? 2011-02-09 - Tokyo, Japan - NGO survey finds Japanese Internet auction sites awash in ivory listings 2010-07-26 - Miyazaki, Japan - Elephant steps on trainer breaking his ribs 2009-12-13 - Minakuchi, Japan - Skeletal restration of Stegodon aurorae (Proboscidea, Mammalia) and its feature : case study in the Taga specimen(Recent Progress in Studies on Japanese Proboscidean Fossils) 2009-09-21 - Mainichi, Japan - Inokashira Park Zoo celebrates 55 years of elephant Hanako 2009-09-18 - Odawara, Japan - Japan"s oldest Asian elephant dies at zoo in Kanagawa 2009-01-15 - Tokyo, Japan - Yu Aoi Film Discussion - Hoshi ni Natta Shounen – Shining Boy & Little Randy 2008-08-20 - Tokyo, Japan - Relative quantity judgment by Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). 2008-08-20 - Tokyo, Japan - Elephants master basic mathematics 2008-06-16 - Kumamoto, Japan - Kids delighted to make postcards from elephant dung 2008-04-24 - Tokyo, Japan - Nearly Three Tons of Ivory Torched in Japan 2008-02-04 - Chiba, Japan - Mammy joins in New Year fun in Ichihara Elephant Kingdom Zoo 2008-01-23 - Tokyo, Japan - Scientist mapping mammoth 2008-01-23 - Tokyo, Japan - Japan: An Elephant Kingdom. There are already more than 50 elephants in captivity here 2008-01-04 - Tokyo, Japan - Frozen Baby Mammoth to Shed Light on Climate Change 2008-01-02 - Tokyo, Japan - Russian Mammoth Goes to Japan 2007-12-29 - Tokyo, Japan - African Ivory Headed for One-Time Auction 2007-12-29 - Tokyo, Japan - Japan examines mammoth fossil 2007-12-24 - Kobe, Japan - A male Asian born at Oji Zoo, Kobe has a name: Ouji 2007-12-18 - Tokyo, Japan - Evidence of means-end behavior in Asian elephants (Elephas maximus). 2007-11-26 - Tokyo, Japan - Jingle bells: Elephants ready for Christmas choir 2007-10-31 - Kobe, Japan - A male Asian born at Oji Zoo, Kobe, Japan on 21 October 2007 2007-08-08 - Osaka, Japan - METI reluctant to incinerate 3 tons of seized elephant ivory 2007-06-25 - Gifu, Japan - Relationship between Body Temperature and Ovarian Cycle in Asian and African Elephants. 2007-06-07 - Asahiyama, Japan - Call of the wild 2007-05-22 - Tannowa, Japan - Misaki Koen park Zoo brings back a friend from grave 2007-04-29 - Kyodo, Japan - 40 tons of ivory seized worldwide 2007-03-01 - OSAKA, Japan - Customs and police show off 3 tons of ivory confiscated from smugglers. Largest amount of ivory to be confiscated from smugglers in a single incident in Japan 2007-02-07 - Osaka, Japan - Japan seizes record ivory haul 2007-01-29 - SAPPORO, Japan - Japan"s second oldest elephant in captivity dies after falling over at zoo 2006-10-21 - AKITA, Japan - Hanako the elephant faced with trunk load of woes 2006-09-13 - Osaka City University, Japan - New filarial nematode from Japanese serows (Naemorhedus crispus: Bovidae) close to parasites from elephants. 2006-08-16 - Ibaraki, Japan - 21st century woolly mammoth may be possible: scientists 2005-12-14 - Tokyo, Japan - Male elephant knocks out keeper at Tokyo zoo 2005-06-20 - TOKYO, Japan - Woolly Mammoth Closer to Asian Elephants

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Third baby elephant of the year born at Pattaya garden

2022-09-29 - Pattaya, Thailand.

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The third baby elephant of the year has been born at a botanical garden in Pattaya. The Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya welcomed the new little member, named “Ply Poa Jai” wi...


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Iconic elephant ‘Bandula’ dies at Dehiwala Zoo

2022-09-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Bandula’, the elephant found at the National Zoological Garden in Dehiwala is reported to have passed away today. According to reports, the elephant had suddenly fallen ill and had collapsed twic...


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Nepal: Koshi Tappu, CNP welcome baby elephant same day

2022-08-29 - Katmandu, Nepal.

The elephant named Loktantra Kali at the Koshi Tappu gave birth to a female calf while Saraswoti Kali at the CNP delivered a male calf on Sunday. Nepal is presently home to around 225 indigenous eleph...


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Vietnam strives to conserve elephants

2022-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A national action plan on elephant conservation in Vietnam for 2023-2032 with a vision for 2050 is being developed. According to the summary report of the General Department of Forestry, the number of...


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Elephant owner and elephant killed by landmine explosion at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State

Sheldon Hooper, 27, was charged and killed by a large elephant at a safari park

2022-08-21 - Indawgyi, Myanmar.

The owner of the elephant and the elephant were killed when a landmine exploded at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State on August 15 according to sources. They stepped on the landmine when a ...


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Notorious poacher who trafficked in ivory, rhino horns jailed five years

2022-08-20 - Toronto, Canada.

Moazu Kromah, 49, made millions of dollars poaching and trafficking elephant tusks and rhino horns from endangered animals and was ordered caged Thursday in New York. Kromah and two confederates were ...


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Elephant in Thailand rips keeper in half after being overworked in hot weather

2022-08-20 - Khuekkhak, Thailand. Lean Jinghui

An elephant in Thailand has reportedly ripped its mahout (elephant rider or keeper) in half after being overworked. According to The Thaiger, the incident happened at a rubber plantation in the Phang ...


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India sees more deadly elephant attacks as habitats shrink

2022-08-19 - New Delhi, India.

Elephant-human conflicts have been on the rise in India as a result of habitat loss, and experts say such conflicts could get worse unless forested areas are protected and migration corridors restored...


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Howdah elephant Abhimanyu starts carrying 300-kg sand bags

2022-08-18 - Mysore, India.

A week after embarking on a practice walk on Jamboo Savari route, howdah elephant Abhimanyu entered the second phase of training on Thursday. The 300-kg sand bags were mounted on Abhimanyu after perfo...


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Karachi elephants to receive German dental treatment

2022-08-16 - Karachi, Pakistan.

Global organisation, Four Paws have sent their veterinarian doctors to Karachi for the treatment of elephants. The team of four doctors have arrived in Pakistan to treat four female elephants- two of ...


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Andhra Pradesh: ‘Kumkis’ add a dash of grandeur to I-Day celebrations in Chittoor - Jayanth and Vinayak served the Forest Department for more than two decades

Forest staff performing puja to kumkis Jayanth and Vinayak at Naniyala camp at Ramakuppam in Chittoor district.

2022-08-15 - Chittoor, India.

Jayanth (65) and Vinayak (52) are kumkis (trained elephants), faithfully serving the Forest Department in Chittoor district for more than two decades. Housed at the Naniyala forest camp in the Koundin...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve mahouts will now record their experiences to help understand elephants better

2022-08-14 - Lakhimpur Kheri, India.

Chief conservator of forests and field director, Sanjay Kumar Pathak has decided to document the experiences of these veteran mahouts so that not only the park authorities but other mahouts also benef...


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Mastodon bones discovered during West Michigan road project work

2022-08-12 - Grand Rapids, United States.

Several people are working to unearth mastodon bones in a West Michigan field after they were discovered during a road construction project. The bones are expected to be donated to the Grand Rapids Pu...


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Meet the mahouts at Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai who have transformed the lives of their elephants

Wasim, the star kumki, with his mahout Eswaran

2022-08-11 - Theppakadu, India.

Wasim’s trunk pauses midair as he reaches for a bamboo shoot. His mahout, M Eswaran, calls out a command from a distance and in a split second, the elephant changes course. The shoot is far from his...


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Myanmar: Elephant gives birth to rare white calf in Rhakine

2022-08-08 - Rhakine, Myanmar. Team Udayadani

A rare white elephant took birth in western Myanmar. The white elephant was born last month in western Rakhine state and currently weighs 180 pounds (80 kilograms) and its height is 2.5 feet (70 centi...


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A haven for retired elephants

Visitors up close with the elephants.

2022-07-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelling north from Siem Reap city on National Road 64 for about 90 minutes you will reach a wooden bridge that will take you to the headquarters of the Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary, the home of ...


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Madhya Pradesh: Elephant held captive in chains after killing its mahout at Panna Tiger Reserve

2022-07-10 - Panna, India.

A 55-year-old elephant is held captive in chains and shackels in the Panna Tiger Reserve after the elephant brutally killed its mahout Budhram Rotiya on Monday, said an official. Ever since its arriva...


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Dasara elephants may be finalised by July 30

2022-07-08 - Mysore, India.

The Forest Department will initiate the process of identifying elephants for Mysuru Dasara-2022 from July 15 onwards and the jumbos for the finale is likely to be finalised by July 30, ahead of the Da...


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Scientists have brought 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth cells back to life.

2022-05-26 - Higashiosaka, Japan. Jackson White

During a remarkable scientific experiment, cells from a woolly mammoth that died over 28,000 years ago began displaying “signs of life.” The cells from the 28,000-year-old specimen began to displa...


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death

Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


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