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Why was Thong Dee put at risk. THONG DEE should never have been allowed to mate, argues Peter Stroud, former senior curator at Melbourne Zoo and independent zoo consultant.

Getting acquainted ... Gung unsuccessfully tries to mate with Thong Dee son after she arrived at Taronga Zoo in November 2006. The Bull
Getting acquainted ... Gung unsuccessfully tries to mate with Thong Dee son after she arrived at Taronga Zoo in November 2006. The Bull's persistence paid off: Thong Dee is now pregnant.


2008-02-24 - Sydney, Australia
Throughout 2007, Taronga Zoo stated that Thong Dee was seven years old. This claim was included in a news release dated November 13 about a report to the Government on how the import conditions for the elephants had been met. Last week, the zoo said she was eight. Now, after international controversy around her pregnancy, a keeper has looked at her teeth and declared she is 11 or 12. The same keeper claims elephants can sometimes read his mind. (The Daily Telegraph, Saturday). We are also told T...



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