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An Asian Elephant Imitates Human Speech

This image shows Angela Stoeger and Daniel Mietchen recording Koshik

2012-11-07 - Yongin, South Korea. Angela S. Stoegersend email, Daniel Mietchen, Sukhun Oh, Shermin de Silva, Christian T. Herbst, Soowhan Kwon, W. Tecumseh Fitch

Here, we document a male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) that imitates human speech, matching Korean formants and fundamental frequency in such detail that Korean native speakers can readily understand and transcribe the imitations. To create these very accurate imitations of speech formant frequencies, this elephant (named Koshik) places his trunk inside his mouth, modulating the shape of the vocal tract during controlled phonation


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Woolly mammoth: Scientists agree deal to recreate extinct jumbo using elephant’s womb

2012-03-14 - SEOUL, South Korea.

Russian and South Korean scientists signed a deal yesterday on joint research intended to recreate a woolly mammoth, an animal which last walked the earth some 10 000 years ago. The deal was signed by Vasily Vasiliev, of North-Eastern Federal University of the Sakha Republic, and controversial cloning pioneer Hwang Woo-Suk of Korea’s Sooam Biotech Research Foundation.


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Woolly mammoth, a visitor from the Ice Age

2011-01-21 - Dale McFeatters , South Korea.

Curiosity is an overpowering motivation. Perhaps that best explains a plan by Japanese, Russian and U.S. scientists to clone a woolly mammoth, a large Ice Age mammal that was largely extinct 10,000 years ago. News accounts of the venture suggest that the scientists are doing this basically to see if they can and they´ll worry about what to do with a mammoth once they have one


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Baby African elephants to join Seoul Zoo family

2010-12-05 - Seoul , South Korea. Robert Lee

Seoul’s zoo is expecting to receive two baby African elephants next year, the only ones in the country, according to zoo officials Sunday. Seoul Grand Park Zoo said they are in the process of obtaining baby African elephants, of both sexes, costing the city 280 million won ($246, 900). “Through an agency we are hoping to receive two elephants, from an African country, that are weaning and have good personalities,” according to park officials.


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Talking elephant Kosik introduced overseas: Reuters

2010-10-12 - Yongin, South Korea.

Korea´s very own talking elephant is starting to gain attention abroad. His fame has now brought foreign researchers to Korea, including German biologist Daniel Mietchen of the University of Jena and elephant vocal sound expert Angela Stoeger-Horwarth of the University of Vienna, who visited Korea to study Kosik last week.


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Two more tuskers donated to Korea

2010-07-14 - Seoul, South Korea.

The Sri Lanka government recently decided to donate a pair of elephants to Korea by the end of July, a month after Cambodia donated two elephants for a Seoul zoo. According to Seoul diplomatic sources, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapaksa has offered a pair of five-year-old elephants, one female and one male, to the Global Love Sharing Center, a Seoul-based civic group, to thank the group for its efforts to help migrant workers from Sri Lanka.


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Koreas Seoul Childrens Grand Park Zoo elephants to get a little less lonesome

The male elephant donated by Cambodia to Korea. He and a female partner arrive by an Air Force C-130 cargo plane tonight.

2010-07-07 - Seoul, South Korea.

In the Seoul Zoo, Taesan, a 34-year old male, lives the lonely life of a widower after his mate Taesun died of colitis 14 years ago. Of the 11 elephants in six zoos across the country, five are females past childbearing age.


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Wanted: Cow elephants to replace aging population

2010-02-06 - , South Korea. E Choong-hyeong, Kim Mi-ju

Korean zoos are facing a jumbo-sized problem. With cow elephants in Korean zoos long past the age of giving birth, senior diplomats are now struggling to find ways to bring young cow elephants to Korea. Because an international agreement of the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora prohibits governments from selling and buying elephants, the diplomats are asking elephant-rich nations such as Cambodia to donate some young cow elephants in return for econ...


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Elephant gains stardom after criminal charges

2009-10-14 - Seoul, South Korea. Bae Hyun-jung

The first-ever elephant to be accused of assaulting a person has become the top star of the Seoul Children's Grand Park zoo after being cleared of its charges, according to zoo officials. A 48-year-old woman surnamed Kim claimed last month that one of the zoo's elephants, named Tae-san, knocked her out by throwing a large stone that hit her, but the police concluded the case, having found no evidence or witnesses. The zoo was also released from supervising responsibilities.


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South Korean police to investigate zoo elephant assault

An elephant plays in the water to cool off on a hot day at a zoo

2009-09-16 - Seoul, South Korea.

South Korean police, in one of their more heavyweight cases, are investigating whether a zoo elephant threw a stone at a woman visitor. The woman surnamed Kim told police she was visiting the zoo at the Children?s Grand Park in southeast Seoul on Monday when she noticed an elephant picking up a stone with its trunk.
After she turned away from 35-year-old Taesani, she was hit on the back of her head by a large stone, several newspapers reported. She reported the incident to police in Gwang...


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Korea’s oldest animal dies peacefully at the age of 58

Seoul Grand Park released this photo of Giant during his active days, yesterday in memory of the 58-year-old elephant, who died on Sunday. [NEWSIS]

2009-03-09 - Seoul, South Korea. Ser Myo-ja, JOONANG DAILY

Giant, an Asian elephant known to be the oldest animal in Korea, died on Sunday at the age of 58, Seoul Grand Park said yesterday.
According to the amusement park, located south of Seoul, the late Samsung chairman Lee Byung-chull brought Giant from Thailand in 1955 and offered him to the Changgyeong Palace zoo, Seoul Grand Park’s predecessor.
Giant was famous for his energy and was adored by many fans, the zoo said. He was known for his unusual habit of rarely sitting or lying d...


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Seoul Grand Park Zoo - Elephant Training in the Hermit Kingdom

2006-11-20 - Seoul, South Korea. John M. Regan

No longer a combat soldier, I became a desk jockey in charge of a computer; a “chairborne ranger.” For a pleasant diversion I decided to volunteer at the Seoul Grand Park Zoo. My wife explained my pre-military experience with elephants which included some time with Jack Hanna at the old Central Florida Zoo and a brief apprenticeship with Bill “Buckles” Woodcock at Ringling Brothers.


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S.Korea scientist Hwang Woo-suk says paid Russia mafia for mammoth

stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk

2006-10-24 - SEOUL, South Korea.

Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk said on Tuesday he spent part of private donations for research to pay the Russian mafia for mammoth tissues to clone extinct elephant species. Hwang, once celebrated as a national hero, was indicted in May on charges of fraud and embezzlement after prosecutors said he was the mastermind of a scheme to make it look like his team had produced stem cells through cloning human embryos.


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Talking elephant Koshick in South Korean zoo amazes keeper Kim Jong-Kap

2006-09-14 - seoul, South Korea. Helen Long

The 15-year-old Asian elephant called Koshick began mimicking words used everyday by his South Korean keeper. Over the past two years, the elephant's diction has improved to the point that he can reproduce discernible phrases and words. Scientists are now hoping to establish whether Koshick can actually understand language.


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Scientist "tried to clone mammoth"

2006-07-25 - Seoul, South Korea. Jack Kim

Hwang Woo-suk, once celebrated as a national hero, was indicted in May on charges of fraud and embezzlement. Disgraced South Korean stem cell scientist Hwang Woo-suk said he spent part of private donations for his research in failed attempts to clone mammoths, extinct members of the elephant family.


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Rampage by elephants a blessing for restaurant in Seoul

2005-05-23 - Seoul, South Korea. Park Su-ryon

The barbecue restaurant that got a surprise visit from three elephants last month has become a very popular place since reopening last week. The eastern Seoul eatery was closed for a month after the April 21 incident, in which three elephants that had escaped from a nearby zoo burst in, overturning tables and breaking windows. The restaurant's owner, Geum Taek-hun, used the 18 million won ($18,000) she received in insurance compensation to remodel the shop. She also changed the name to "Restaura...


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Elephants rampage through Seoul after escaping from amusement park

2005-04-20 - SEOUL, South Korea.

Six elephants escaped from an amusement park Wednesday and injured a woman as they rampaged through the South Korean capital, officials said. All of the animals were eventually captured and returned to the park. One elephant charged into an alley near an elementary school and hit a 52-year-old woman, Roh In-sun, with its trunk, Yonhap news agency said. She was being treated at a hospital.


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17 Headlines about Elephants from South korea2012-11-07 - Yongin, South Korea - An Asian Elephant Imitates Human Speech 2012-03-14 - SEOUL, South Korea - Woolly mammoth: Scientists agree deal to recreate extinct jumbo using elephant’s womb 2011-01-21 - Dale McFeatters , South Korea - Woolly mammoth, a visitor from the Ice Age 2010-12-05 - Seoul , South Korea - Baby African elephants to join Seoul Zoo family 2010-10-12 - Yongin, South Korea - Talking elephant Kosik introduced overseas: Reuters 2010-07-14 - Seoul, South Korea - Two more tuskers donated to Korea 2010-07-07 - Seoul, South Korea - Koreas Seoul Childrens Grand Park Zoo elephants to get a little less lonesome 2010-02-06 - , South Korea - Wanted: Cow elephants to replace aging population 2009-10-14 - Seoul, South Korea - Elephant gains stardom after criminal charges 2009-09-16 - Seoul, South Korea - South Korean police to investigate zoo elephant assault 2009-03-09 - Seoul, South Korea - Korea’s oldest animal dies peacefully at the age of 58 2006-11-20 - Seoul, South Korea - Seoul Grand Park Zoo - Elephant Training in the Hermit Kingdom 2006-10-24 - SEOUL, South Korea - S.Korea scientist Hwang Woo-suk says paid Russia mafia for mammoth 2006-09-14 - seoul, South Korea - Talking elephant Koshick in South Korean zoo amazes keeper Kim Jong-Kap 2006-07-25 - Seoul, South Korea - Scientist "tried to clone mammoth" 2005-05-23 - Seoul, South Korea - Rampage by elephants a blessing for restaurant in Seoul 2005-04-20 - SEOUL, South Korea - Elephants rampage through Seoul after escaping from amusement park

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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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3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting to be held in Nepal

2022-04-27 - Kathmandu, Nepal.

The 3rd Asian Elephant Range States Meeting (AsERSM) will be held in Nepal from April 27. The sole purpose of the meeting is to secure the future of Asian elephants. Delegates from all 13 Asian Elepha...


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Coming Up Trunks: Elephant Superstud Shows Off His Strength

2022-04-25 - Basel, Switzerland.

African bull elephant Tusker, who sired 13 calves at his previous zoo homes, has become a star attraction at Switzerland's Basel Zoo; not for fatherhood, but for his baffling skills in balancing huge ...


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Jawed Karim Posted the First-Ever video on YouTube 17 years ago

2022-04-25 - San Diego, United States.

On 24th April, 17 years ago, a 25-year-old man named Jawed Karim posted the first-ever video on YouTube, launching a service that has since grown to become the go-to hub for video streaming. The low-r...


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Two male elephants from a well-known wildlife sanctuary in Hazyview die while under sedation

2022-04-25 - Nelspruit, South Africa.

Two elephants, Kasper and Kitso, died while under sedation during relocation efforts from the Lowveld to Kleinmond Wildlife Sanctuary (KWS) in the Western Cape on April 23. According to the owner and ...


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No, Viral Video Does Not Show Muslim Man Attempting To Feed Meat To Elephant

2022-04-22 - Malappuram, India.

The viral video was shared with the claim that the Muslim man from Kerela attempted to provide the elephant with meat to consume. Social media users mocking alleged that it was an attempt to convert t...


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Twin elephant calves born in Bandipur saved from drowning moments after birth

2022-04-21 - , India.

Ramesh Kumar, Director, Bandipur Tiger Reserve, said a few tourists on a safari and staff saw a pregnant elephant near the old reception centre. As the safari van waited, the elephant heaved itself an...


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UP: Dudhwa to get own elephant reserve

2022-04-17 - , India.

Dudhwa would soon have its own dedicated elephant reserve named as Terai Elephant Reserve (TER). The proposed Terai Elephant Reserve in Dudhwa would comprise Pilibhit Tiger Reserve (800 sq kms), Dudhw...


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Experts begin treatment of aged elephant at ATR camp

2022-04-17 - , India.

Four veterinary experts have started treatment of Vijayalakshmi, a 72-year-old female elephant housed at the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anamalai Tiger Reserve, which has been suffering from dig...


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Adjustments to elephant conservation plan approved

2022-04-16 - , Vietnam.

Deputy Prime Minister Le Van Thanh has approved adjustments to an elephant conservation plan in Vietnam that was previously signed off for 2013-2020. Under the decision, the scheme will be implemented...


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Elephant Keeper

2022-04-16 - Austin, United States.

Austin, Texas-based activist filmmaker Kate Kirby’s documentary explores the relationship between a mahout and the 60-year-old elephant he tends at a Laotian elephant conservation center.


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More escort elephants must not be allowed at temple festivals: High Court

2022-04-15 - Kochi, India.

The High Court has directed that the government\'s order not to allow more escort elephants than existing ones must be complied with in festivals and other functions at temples under the Travancore De...


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elephant handler is grabbed by the scruff of the neck and forced to kneel at an elephant’s feet after repeatedly beating the animal in the head with a sharp hook in Thailand

2022-04-14 - Ayutthaya, Thailand.

The keeper Peerapat, 18, pierced Chan's thick leathery skin with the bullhook and caused the elephant so much pain that his legs collapsed. Chan Chao is now being treated by local vets with deep cuts ...


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Botswana to translocate 500 elephants to Mozambique

2022-04-14 - Gaborone, Botswana.

Two years after pledging 500 elephants to Mozambique as a gift, Botswana says the animals are set to be translocated in the near future. This was revealed by President Mokgweetsi Masisi during a three...


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Belfast Zoo elephants set to be rehomed at new facility

2022-04-13 - Belfast, United Kingdom.

Two much loved elephants at Belfast Zoo are to leave for a new home the City Council has confirmed on Wednesday. Asian elephants Dunja and Yheeto – both in their 40s - are among the largest resident...


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Elephant kills Colombian researcher in Uganda

2022-04-12 - Fort Portal, Uganda.

A Colombian researcher has died after being trampled on by an elephant in Uganda's Kibale National Park. Ramirez Amaya Sebastian, who is based at a university in the US, had been carrying out a routin...


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Elephant tramples mahout to death in Thiruvananthapuram

2022-04-11 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

A mahout was trampled to death by an elephant that ran amok on Monday at Mukkukada near Navayikkulam in Kerala's Thiruvananthapuram district. Unni, a native of Vellannoor, was killed by the elephant w...


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Accident in Prague Zoo"s "Elephant Valley" seriously injures breeder

2022-04-11 - Prague, Czech Republic. Raymond Johnston

A Prague Zoo employee was injured by an elephant over the weekend. The 31-year-old zoo employee had to be taken to the hospital for injuries to her pelvis, chest, and arm. The incident took place earl...


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Elephant count in Tamil Nadu rose by 800 in five years

2022-04-10 - COIMBATORE, India.

xperts from the Forest College and Research Institute in Mettupalayam have told a committee constituted to probe the reasons for the death of wild elephants, especially young ones, over the past year ...


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A film on Malasar tribes of Anamalai

2022-04-08 - Pollachi, India.

Malasar, a six-minute conservation film, narrated by actor Nasser, shows not just the sacred bond between elephants and the Malasar tribes of the Anamalai Hills but also the need to protect the tribes...


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