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Fired elephant keeper breaks back into the zoo to feed and photograph the animals - adding to series of offences as his life unravelled due to cancer and a drug habit

2020-11-24 - Melbourne, Australia.

An elephant keeper who lost his job because of 'spiralling' drug use has been sentenced for breaking into the zoo were he used to work in order to feed animals and take selfies with them. Lucas McGhie, 36, was sentenced in Melbourne Magistrates' Court on Friday after he pleaded guilty to trespass charges from sneaking into Melbourne Zoo with three others in the early hours of April 14 last year.


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Nestled with mother, vets and keepers, "little fighter" Willow loses her battle

2016-08-02 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo´s elephant calf Willow had endured a lot of pain and had gained a reputation as a fighter in her short life, but it was only on Monday that her keepers realised the "sweet, adorable little thing" was not going to make it.


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Melbourne Zoo"s boisterous new baby elephant has plenty to trumpet about - he has a new name.

2014-02-01 - Melbourne, Australia.

The new calf has been named Man Jai, which means "confident" in Thai. A special naming celebration was held at Melbourne Zoo on Saturday. The elephant´s name was chosen by zoo members as part of an online poll. Other possible options for the lively zoo addition included Sai, meaning tropical tree or Look Nam, which means "likes water".


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Sanook weighed 131 kilograms at birth, grew quickly and remained

Baby elephant Sanook died accidentally while playing with favourite toy, Melbourne Zoo says

2013-12-04 - Melbourne, Australia.

Sanook, the 11-month-old Asian elephant calf at Melbourne Zoo has died after becoming entangled in a favourite toy. "The CCTV footage shows that at 7pm while playing with the tyre, Sanook managed to manoeuvre it in an unusual way that caused his head to become caught," Melbourne Zoo director Kevin Tanner said in the statement.


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Baby elephant Mali has helped Melbourne Zoo become Victoria

Victoria"s top tourist attraction named at awards

2013-11-12 - Melbourne, Australia.

The Melbourne Zoo was named the best major tourist attraction at the RACV Victorian Tourism Awards on Monday night. The nod to the zoo breaks a three-year winning streak by the Melbourne Museum, which had won the top award on the back of some blockbuster exhibitions including Tutankhamun and Titanic. The zoo´s award, announced at a black-tie event at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, was given for its 150th anniversary campaign last year that featured major events around baby...


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Melbourne Zoo elephant expecting second calf soon

2013-10-29 - Melbourne, Australia.

A Melbourne Zoo elephant that gave birth to the first female calf in Australia four years ago is about to make history again. Zoo head vet Michael Lynch says it could still be a while before the calf is born. "We really expect it between the 1st and the 21st of November."


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Meet Sanook: Melbourne Zoo"s baby elephant named by Herald Sun readers

2013-03-14 - Melbourne, Australia.

More than 4,000 Victorians voted in the Herald Sun´s naming competition and Sanook, which means fun-loving and cheerful, was the overwhelming favourite, ahead of Seri and Chaiya. Thai consulate general Simon Wallace said the elephant keepers supplied attributes that best described Sanook and Thai words were shortlisted from their suggestions.


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Elephants took 24 million generations to get to their current size, a study has shown

2012-01-31 - Melbourne, Australia.

Mammals evolved from the size of a mouse to that of an elephant during that time Shrinking is a much faster process, however. Large-scale reductions in size leading to dwarfism only take around 100,000 generations. Scientists writing in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences looked at 28 groups of mammals, including elephants, primates and whales.


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Baby elephant arrives at Melbourne Zoo

2010-09-10 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo´s baby elephant brood is growing, with a half-brother for Mali arriving after a difficult and dangerous four-day labour. Kulab´s massive 142-kilogram baby was born on Friday morning after a 22-month pregnancy, but zoo staff were desperately worried for both mother and offspring in the later stages of labour.


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Elephant Keeper - Trail of the Elephants

2010-03-04 - Melbourne , Australia.

This is a key position for the continuing development and evolution of Zoos Victoria’s elephant program with the target of providing best practice animal care in a holistic environment. Candidates will require a minimum of five years of direct contact (free contact) elephant experience. Candidates will also require a high level of competency in handling elephants, and an understanding of traditional and progressive training techniques.


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Melbourne baby elephant named Mali

2010-02-25 - Melbourne, Australia.

With her playful poise she's inspired a lot of oohs and ahhs and now, a bit of humming too. Melbourne Zoo's baby elephant has been blessed by Buddhist monks after Victorians voted to name her "Mali", the Thai word for the jasmine flower. Arriving at the zoo on Thursday in orange robes, the monks from three Buddhist temples began a rumbling hum as they chanted before Mali and her mum Dokkoon.


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The one-month-old hides between her mother

Names shortlisted for baby elephant

2010-02-16 - Melbourne, Australia.

The Thai names for five floral emblems have been short-listed and people can vote online to select the winner. The female baby elephant is one month old today and Premier John Brumby says Victorians have warmed to the calf. "There is nothing quite like a baby elephant and they're up and running about from the first day," he said. "She's unbelievably playful. She's just running around with her mum, running around with her aunty out there, she's always mucking around their legs." Thailand's Honora...


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The public has its first view of the baby elephant. Photo: Penny Stephens

Zoo urged to move elephant herd to Werribee

2010-02-11 - Melbourne, Australia. Bridie Smith

THE former director of the Seattle and Werribee zoos has called for Melbourne Zoo's growing elephant herd to be relocated to the more spacious Werribee Open Range Zoo as a matter of urgency. A second elephant, Kulab, which arrived from Thailand with new mother Dokkoon in 2006, is due to give birth in August-September. The arrival of a second calf would swell the zoo's city campus herd to seven, following the birth last month of Victoria's first baby elephant. David Hancocks said that as Parkvill...


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Zoo keepers say the as-yet unnamed baby elephant is a real character. (ABC TV)

Baby elephant to make big debut

2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia. Kathy Lord

The as-yet unnamed female, born on January 16, will go on display for short periods of time at first, but viewing times will be extended once she has adjusted to life in the public glare. The youngster is the first baby elephant born in the zoo's 148-year history, the first elephant in Australia conceived by artificial insemination, and only the second baby elephant ever born in Australia. But she will not be on her own for long. The zoo is expecting another baby elephant in August or September ...


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Dokkoon elephant at Melbourne Zoo. Picture: EMILY BLACK

Werribee’s jumbo nursery

2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia. Kellie Cameron

ELEPHANTS could be packing their trunks for Wyndham, thanks to Melbourne Zoo’s elephant breeding program. Werribee Open Range Zoo director Sally Lewis said the local zoo could become a second home to elephants born at Melbourne. But with elephant pregnancies lasting 22 months, don’t expect to see them in the short term. Melbourne Zoo is Victoria’s only zoo with elephants. One of its five Asian elephants, Dokkoon, gave birth to the zoo’s first baby elephant last month, as part of a breed...


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DOKKOON DELIVERS

2010-01-16 - Melbourne, Australia.

Female Asian Elephant Born at 1:10am The first baby elephant in Melbourne Zoo's 147-year history was born early today to the delight of tired but ecstatic Zoo staff. After weeks of round the clock monitoring, and enormous anticipation, Asian Elephant Dokkoon became the first elephant in Australia to give birth to a female calf and also to deliver a baby conceived by artificial insemination.


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Melbourne zoo elephant keepers with pregnant Asian Elephant Dokkoon

Vet awaits big day - the birth of an elephant

2009-12-04 - Melbourne, Australia. CAROLYN WEBB

In 20 YEARS as a vet, Michael Lynch has delivered baby cows, giraffes, bison, zebras, gorillas and meerkats. All being well, he is about to assist at his first elephant birth - also Melbourne Zoo's first - and says it will top them all.


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Stud: Bong Su is set to become a father three times over. Picture: Andrew Tauber.

Bong Su the elephant is set to become a father

2009-02-21 - Melbourne Zoo, Australia. Eleni Hale

Bong Su, the elephant responsible for impregnating Melbourne Zoo's new mother Kulab, now could father dozens of calves across the globe after keepers developed a method of exporting his sperm, thanks to the donation of a sperm-freezing machine from the German Government. The Asian elephant, 36, who keepers describe as "easygoing" and "extremely attractive", has a mind-boggling sperm count of up to 2.5 billion per millilitre compared with the average of 800 million per millilitre.


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Melbourne Zoo celebrates second elephant pregnancy

2009-02-19 - Melbourne, Australia. ABC NEWS

An elephant breeding program at the Melbourne Zoo has had another success, with the announcement of a second pregnancy. Kulab, a 10-year-old Asian elephant, has been artificially inseminated and will give birth next spring. The conservation program has resulted in four pregnancies, two at Melbourne and two at Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The pregnancy resulted from an artificial insemination procedure carried out in late November, with the zoo's bull elephant Bong Su the donor. Environment Minister Ga...


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Super-stud donor Bong Su takes a well-earned dip.

Melbourne Zoo"s super-stud could help save species

2008-11-25 - Melbourne, Australia. Bridie Smith

A TEAM of researchers working at Melbourne Zoo believes new techniques for freezing elephant sperm will prove the breakthrough the endangered species needs. And the zoo's super-stud Bong Su — a 34-year-old bull regarded as one of the world's most fertile Asian elephants because of his high sperm count — will play a key part, with the frozen sperm to be made available to overseas zoos.


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Emily Robins took a huge liking to her co-star in The Elephant Princess.

Magical role for a young princess

2008-11-12 - Melbourne, Australia.

EMILY Robins was excited when invited to audition for the lead role in a new Australian children's series in which she would both act and sing. "I'd been singing all my life in musical theatre and competitions and stuff like that," says the 19-year-old from New Zealand, who plays a 16-year-old who discovers she is a princess from an exotic, mystical kingdom, in The Elephant Princess. "The fact that they were looking for a singer and an actor was perfect for me."


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Australia Zoo elephant trainer, Brenton Bullen with Siam the elephant. Siam is the star of a new television series called The Elephant Princess.

Siam"s a big star

2008-11-07 - Melbourne, Australia. Nathanael Cooper

There is no shortage of big stars who hail from the Sunshine Coast, but none of them are quite as big as our latest celebrity. In fact, she's so big that while most stars have their own trailer on set, this one has a whole truck to herself.Siam, an Asian elephant that weighs more than 500kg, resides at Australia Zoo and has recently finished filming a role in Network Ten's upcoming children's drama, The Elephant Princess. Shot in Melbourne, The Elephant Princess is about a young girl who discove...


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Three elephants pregnant in Australia

2008-08-28 - Melbourne, Australia.

No baby elephant has ever been born in Australia - but now three elephants are pregnant at zoos in Sydney and Melbourne. Zoo authorities have announced a third elephant, Pontipp, is in the maternity wing, as a result of artificial insemination (AI) at Sydney's Taronga Zoo. She joins Thong Dee, impregnated naturally by mate Gong at Taronga last year and Dokkoon which was impregnated by artificial insemination at Melbourne Zoo also last year. The two AI infants were sired by Melbourne's Bong Su - ...


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Melbourne Zoo’s new elephant is pregnant

2008-08-19 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo has confirmed that 15 year old Dokkoon, one of three Asian Elephants that arrived in November 2006, is pregnant. The pregnancy is the result of artificial insemination carried out in March by the Melbourne Zoo and visiting fertility specialists from the Berlin Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research. Bong Su, Melbourne Zoo’s bull elephant is the father. The pregnancy was confirmed by ultrasound in early June. The ultrasound showed a black sack of amniotic fluid containing a tiny ...


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Melbourne elephant breaks fertility record

2008-06-03 - Melbourne, Australia. MIKI PERKINS

BONG Su, the 34-year-old bull elephant at the Melbourne Zoo, has smashed an Australian and a world record, and all it took was a little gentle persuasion. Not only did he help companion Dokkoon become the first elephant in Australia to get pregnant through artificial insemination, but he has broken the world record for elephant sperm concentration — 2.2 billion sperm per millilitre, compared with the average of 600 million a millilitre.


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Dukkoon gets checked by senior elephant keeper David McKelson.

Melbourne Zoo celebrates elephant pregnancy

2008-06-02 - Melbourne, Australia.

An ultra-sound has confirmed one of the Melbourne Zoo's elephants is pregnant. The zoo is celebrating the pregnancy of a 15 year old endangered Asian elephant, named "Dokkoon". It is the first elephant pregnancy at the Melbourne Zoo. It is also the first artificial insemination pregnancy at any Australian zoo. The elephant's pregnancy was confirmed by ultrasound examination carried out on Saturday by fertility experts from Berlin working with the zoo's veterinarians.


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A Day at Melbourne Zoo (March 14th)

2008-03-19 - Melbourne, Australia.

...Then I wandered to the elephant yard. Just after that, Caroline joined me. As we were starting to walk away for lunch, the elephant keeper walked past and said it was time for elephant painting, if we were interested. So of course we followed.


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Hopes for patter of elephant feet

2008-02-24 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo hopes to breed its first Asian elephant to help stocks of the endangered species. There are only 25,000 Asian elephants left in the world as human population growth in their native environment puts pressure on their food supply. Blood tests reveal a 15-year-old female called Dokkoon will be able to fall pregnant next month, one of only three times each year. Senior elephant keeper Steve Blanchard said the zoo's only male, Bong Su, had continued to warm to his new female counterpart...


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Zoo chairman Andrew Fairley.

Zoo chief"s home became menagerie for fund-raising event

2008-01-23 - Melbourne, Australia. Cameron Houston and Royce Millar

Concern about the Toorak soiree follows an investigation by The Age into allegations of abuse and neglect at Melbourne Zoo and Healesville Sanctuary, including the stabbing of an elephant with a marlin spike. Zoos Victoria acting chief executive Matt Vincent said senior keeper Pat Flora had taken "appropriate action" when Thai elephant Dokkoon failed to respond to a command. He said no formal complaint was lodged against Mr Flora, and he continued to work at the zoo as head keeper of many of the...


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Victorian Government asks Melbourne Zoo to answer animal cruelty accusations

2008-01-21 - Melbourne, Australia.

The Victorian Government has asked Melbourne Zoo to respond to claims of animal neglect. Melbourne Zoo has denied claims that animals have been mistreated, saying a widely reported incident involving an elephant was a case of a keeper protecting himself. The reports said a former zoo staff member saw an elephant being repeatedly jabbed in the foot by a trainer. Victorian Premier John Brumby says the Government is expecting to receive a written response from zoo management soon.


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Unharmed: Claims of elephant cruelty have been rejected by Melbourne Zoo, which has defended its staff. Picture: David Caird

Melbourne Zoo denies cruelty claims

2008-01-20 - Melbourne, Australia. Kellie Cameron

MELBOURNE Zoo has hit back at claims an elephant was stabbed and animals mistreated on their grounds. Zoos Victoria Life Sciences director Matt Vincent said the merlin spike, carried by keepers to care for elephants' feet, did not break the animal's skin and was used only when two keepers were at risk. Reports accused a handler of stabbing an elephant, Dokkoon, more than 12 times with a sharp metal spike to restrain it. Mr Vincent rejected outright all claims of animal abuse and cruelty.


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Zoo elephant abuse

2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia.

Melbourne Zoo is at the centre of an animal abuse scandal after allegations that an elephant was stabbed by a zookeeper more than a dozen times with a sharp metal spike. But the Zoo claims the trainer's actions were justified. The elephant was jabbed with a small implement used normally for foot care, but the animal was not harmed, stated Melbourne Zoo Director, Matt Vincent. He believes labelling the stabbing as cruelty is an over exaggeration. RSPCA has described the behaviour as 'utterly shoc...


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Animal rights and wrongs

2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia. Royce Millar and Cameron Houston

Former senior zoo curator and now zoo consultant Peter Stroud was in charge of the elephant program in the early 2000s and also party to discussions about the Thai elephants. Stroud now says he questions why, if purchase of the elephants was for conservation and animal welfare, neither Melbourne nor Taronga sent the animals to their respective open-range zoos. "Clearly the box office is an issue," he says. "It's preposterous to pretend that breeding elephants in Australia is some type of contrib...


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Melbourne Zoo rocked by abuse allegations

2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia. Royce Millar and Cameron Houston

SENIOR zoo experts, staff and the RSPCA have accused the Melbourne Zoo of abuse and neglect of animals, including one incident where an animal trainer stabbed an elephant more than a dozen times with a sharp metal spike. A confidential internal memo from zookeeper Bryan Welch to then zoo director Matt Vincent reported the stabbing in May last year of a 13-year-old elephant, Dokkoon, with a marlin spike ¡ª a large, needle-like implement used to untie rope knots. In the memo, Mr Welch says anima...


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Finding Stories both tragic and suprising

2007-11-24 - Melbourne, Australia. Siggyg

I have a great-great uncle who was killed by an elephant. Yes, I am telling the truth. He was an elephant keeper at the Melbourne Zoo here in Australia, and he was crushed by one of his charges. The coroner's report discusses the places, the layout and daily routine of a zoo that I know well, but from 50-60 years later. I have found that being able to access coroner's reports through my State's Public Records Office has allowed me to find some fascinating stories that can then lead to a better u...


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Big bash: Numoi and Kulab can

A birthday theyll never forget

2007-10-06 - Melbourne, United States.

LOADS of face paint will be slapped on today as the Melbourne Zoo celebrates its 145th birthday. Elephants Numoi, 6, and Kulab, 8, got right into the spirit of the bash with the anniversary numerals painted on their foreheads. They and another elephant, Dokkoon, are among the zoo's newest residents and are enjoying the extensive Trail of the Elephants area in its Malaysian-themed setting.


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Cambodians help collect the dung samples.

DNA key in dung deal to save Cambodian elephants

2007-08-03 - Melbourne, Australia. Chee Chee Leung

IT'S a big job but someone's got to do it. Melbourne scientists are to run DNA tests on elephant dung sent from Cambodia to help work out numbers and monitor wild populations in the formerly war-torn nation. Rangers have collected almost 600 elephant dung samples from the Cardamom Mountains in the country's south-west, a former stronghold of the Khmer Rouge. The specimens have been packed in test tubes and are due to arrive next month in Melbourne, where they will be analysed by biologists at Wa...


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Elephants settle into new home in Melbourne Zoo

2006-12-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia. Emily Power

Females Dokkoon, Kulab and Num-Oi are thriving at Melbourne Zoo after two years in quarantine on the Cocos Islands. To the delight of keepers, resident cow Mek Kapah, who had not had contact with other female elephants for 25 years, quickly warmed to the arrivals. Keeper Manu Ludden, who has forged a strong bond with the elephants after accompanying them in quarantine, said Mek Kapah has had a settling influence on the youngsters.


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: Dokkoon gives a keeper a loving hug. Picture: David Caird

Melbourne Zoo: Elephants are here!

2006-11-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia.

MELBOURNE'S three new elephants Dokkoon, Kulab and Num-Oi have finally arrived after two years, a legal wrangle, protests, two quarantine camps and a lot of flying. A Russian Ilyushin cargo plane delivered at Avalon airport. The three females were placed on tray trucks and driven to Melbourne Zoo, and were last night settling in to the Trail of the Elephants enclosure.


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Melbourne Zoo"s new elephants due by Christmas

2006-10-08 - Melbourne, Australia.

THREE young Asian elephants bound for a breeding program in the Melbourne Zoo are expected to arrive before Christmas. The three — 12-year-old Dokkoon and five-year-olds Kulab and Num-Oi — will be used in Australia's first elephant breeding program.
The Melbourne Zoo's Judith Henke confirmed that the animals would arrive before Christmas, but there was no firm date yet. "They are thriving and have been enjoying their time on the Cocos, rolling in the sand and eating coconuts," she sa...


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Spy cams to watch over zoo elephants

2006-02-07 - MELBOURNE, Australia. Sarah Wotherspoon

Zoo will welcome three Asian elephants this year after a tribunal yesterday approved their entry. The Administrative Appeals Tribunal imposed 18 conditions. The three female elephants -- Num-Oi, Dokkoon and Kulab -- will join cow Mek Kapah and bull Bong Su in the zoo's $13.5 million Trail of the Elephants enclosure. Five other Thai-reared elephants will go to Taronga Zoo in Sydney. The Sydney Zoo has been told the elephants will be moved to Dubbo if 22 conditions are not met.


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Fossil find complicates story of how the elephant got its ears

2005-02-14 - Melbourne, Australia.

How the elephant got its ears has just become a more complicated story thanks to the discovery of a fossilised shrew-like animal that lived 115 million years ago. It was once thought that all mammals - from kangaroos to whales - developed the tiny auditory bones of the middle ear just once in their common evolutionary history. But a fossil jawbone of a primitive mammal that lived in Australia suggests that the middle-ear bones - which allow animals as diverse as shrews and humans to hear sounds ...


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41 Headlines about Elephants from Melbourne2020-11-24 - Melbourne, Australia - Fired elephant keeper breaks back into the zoo to feed and photograph the animals - adding to series of offences as his life unravelled due to cancer and a drug habit 2016-08-02 - Melbourne, Australia - Nestled with mother, vets and keepers, "little fighter" Willow loses her battle 2014-02-01 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo"s boisterous new baby elephant has plenty to trumpet about - he has a new name. 2013-12-04 - Melbourne, Australia - Baby elephant Sanook died accidentally while playing with favourite toy, Melbourne Zoo says 2013-11-12 - Melbourne, Australia - Victoria"s top tourist attraction named at awards 2013-10-29 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo elephant expecting second calf soon 2013-03-14 - Melbourne, Australia - Meet Sanook: Melbourne Zoo"s baby elephant named by Herald Sun readers 2012-01-31 - Melbourne, Australia - Elephants took 24 million generations to get to their current size, a study has shown 2010-09-10 - Melbourne, Australia - Baby elephant arrives at Melbourne Zoo 2010-03-04 - Melbourne , Australia - Elephant Keeper - Trail of the Elephants 2010-02-25 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne baby elephant named Mali 2010-02-16 - Melbourne, Australia - Names shortlisted for baby elephant 2010-02-11 - Melbourne, Australia - Zoo urged to move elephant herd to Werribee 2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia - Baby elephant to make big debut 2010-02-09 - Melbourne, Australia - Werribee’s jumbo nursery 2010-01-16 - Melbourne, Australia - DOKKOON DELIVERS 2009-12-04 - Melbourne, Australia - Vet awaits big day - the birth of an elephant 2009-02-19 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo celebrates second elephant pregnancy 2008-11-25 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo"s super-stud could help save species 2008-11-12 - Melbourne, Australia - Magical role for a young princess 2008-11-07 - Melbourne, Australia - Siam"s a big star 2008-08-28 - Melbourne, Australia - Three elephants pregnant in Australia 2008-08-19 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo’s new elephant is pregnant 2008-06-03 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne elephant breaks fertility record 2008-06-02 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo celebrates elephant pregnancy 2008-03-19 - Melbourne, Australia - A Day at Melbourne Zoo (March 14th) 2008-02-24 - Melbourne, Australia - Hopes for patter of elephant feet 2008-01-23 - Melbourne, Australia - Zoo chief"s home became menagerie for fund-raising event 2008-01-21 - Melbourne, Australia - Victorian Government asks Melbourne Zoo to answer animal cruelty accusations 2008-01-20 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo denies cruelty claims 2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia - Zoo elephant abuse 2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia - Animal rights and wrongs 2008-01-19 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo rocked by abuse allegations 2007-11-24 - Melbourne, Australia - Finding Stories both tragic and suprising 2007-10-06 - Melbourne, United States - A birthday theyll never forget 2007-08-03 - Melbourne, Australia - DNA key in dung deal to save Cambodian elephants 2006-12-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia - Elephants settle into new home in Melbourne Zoo 2006-11-06 - MELBOURNE, Australia - Melbourne Zoo: Elephants are here! 2006-10-08 - Melbourne, Australia - Melbourne Zoo"s new elephants due by Christmas 2006-02-07 - MELBOURNE, Australia - Spy cams to watch over zoo elephants 2005-02-14 - Melbourne, Australia - Fossil find complicates story of how the elephant got its ears

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 A view of the elephant training centre in Konni that houses the elephant museum. The museum will be opened on February 19.

Konni: Full-scale museum will showcase the unique relationship between humans, elephants

2021-02-09 - Pathanamthitta, India.

The building that houses the museum, which was originally opened in 2006 by displaying an elephant skeleton and implements associated with the training of captive elephants, was awaiting renovation fo...


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‘Andal’ and ‘Premi’ from Sri Ranganathaswamy Temple in Srirangam

Elephants begin journey to Thekkampatti for 48-day retreat

2021-02-08 - Thekkampatti, India.

Elephants from temples across Tamil Nadu began to descend on Sunday morning for the 48-day jumbo retreat at Thekkampatti camp on the banks of river Bhavani in Coimbatore. A pet project of former Chief...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve Invites People to Name Newborn Elephant, Announces ‘Surprise Gift’

2021-02-08 - Salukapur, India.

The calf was born on February 3, more than two years after 10 elephants were translocated from Karnataka to Dudhwa tiger reserve's South Sonaripur range. Teresa is the first cow to conceive after the ...


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Study suggests how elephants became big and cancer-resistant

2021-02-08 - Buffalo, United States.

Though many elephant relatives harbor extra copies of tumor-suppressor genes, the scientists found that elephant genomes possess some unique duplications that may contribute to tumor suppression throu...


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Rajasthan Govt Orders Removal Of 20 Medically Unfit Elephants From Tourist Rides At Amer Fort

2021-02-08 - Jaipur , India.

The Rajasthan Government on Monday ordered the removal of 20 medically unfit elephants from tourist rides at Amer Fort in Jaipur. 3 elephants had tested positive for tuberculosis (TB), 11 elephants ha...


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A Unique 125,000-Year-Old Elephant Fossil Found

2021-02-06 - Isle of Wight, United Kingdom.

Two brothers living in England and interested in fossil hunting as an amateur found a fossil on the beach of Isle of Wight. While this fossil is thought to be an elephant fossil dating back 125,000 ye...


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Baby elephant born in North Sumatra"s Tangkahan CRU

2021-02-04 - Medan, Indonesia.

A 35-year-old elephant, named "Sari," gave birth to this female calf, weighing 69 kilograms and 108 centimeters in height, in the Tangkahan Conservation Response Unit (CRU), Mount Leuser National Park...


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The photo of Aameena trying to wake up her dead mother was a heart-wrenching sight for all.

Elephant calf found near dead mother befriends all at rehab home

2021-01-30 - Thiruvananthapuram, India.

Aameena, the wild elephant calf found near its deceased mother elephant at Kallar has been shifted to Kottoor elephant rehabilitation centre. The calf calf easily got adjusted to her new home. The mot...


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Sri Lanka to conduct elephant census after 10 years

2021-01-26 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Sri Lanka’s Department of Wildlife Conservation will conduct an island-wide elephant census this year after a decade to determine the exact number of the animals in the country, local media reported...


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Last trumpet for Thula Thula’s Frankie

2021-01-26 - Empangeni, South Africa.

STAFF, medical teams and anti-poaching personnel at Thula Thula Private Game Reserve are mourning the passing of their beloved matriarch elephant, Frankie, one of seven elephants that arrived at the p...


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Horowpothana Holding Ground report: Search for missing elephants in July

2021-01-19 - Colombo, Sri Lanka. Pamodi Waravita

The Department of Wildlife Conservation (DWC) would be conducting an investigation at the Horowpothana Elephant Holding Ground (HEHG) in July this year on the circumstances claimed in the National Aud...


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Video of an Elephant Massaging a Woman with its Trunk Goes Viral

2021-01-18 - New Delhi, India.

In the video, one can clearly see the woman lying comfortably on a low bed as the elephant is standing near her and massaging her back. The video was shared by a Twitter user named Aamir on Saturday (...


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During the pandemic, elephants take a break in Myanmar

2021-01-18 - Taikyi , Myanmar. ZON PANN PWINT

As beaches, hotels, pagodas and even walking tours were starved of tourists for most of last year, the pandemic has also taken its toll on the nation’s many elephant camps – which were once a popu...


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WALSAPUGALA PROTEST DEMANDS ELEPHANT RESERVE GAZETTE

2021-01-18 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

On Monday (18) locals from Walsapugala, Hambantota decided to take to the streets demanding the Proposed Wild Elephant Management Reserve in Hambantota, be included in the government gazette. The Wals...


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Man-Animal Conflict: IFS Officers will go for Online Training, says Assam Forest Minister

2021-01-18 - Guwahati, India. Sentinel Digital Desk

Amid repeated incidents of man-animal conflict being reported from different parts of Assam, a five-day training session have kick-started started in Guwahati on Monday for about 35 forest officials, ...


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Road comedy, with Burt Reynolds, Jackie Gleason, Jerry Reed, Dom DeLuise and Sally Field Charlotte

Smokey and the Bandit II (1980)

2021-01-17 - Jupiter, United Kingdom.

The maverick haulier must overcome a crisis of confidence when he and his friends are hired to transport a pregnant elephant to Texas, a mammoth task that proves far from easy. The Asian elephant in S...


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Angry elephant hurls mahout to death in TVM

2021-01-17 - Aruvippuram, India.

An aggressive elephant threw its mahout away in a fit of rage resulting in his death. The second mahout identified as Kollam native Vishnu (21) died in the attack by the elephant. The incident took pl...


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Three new baby Asian elephants born in SW China"s Yunnan

2021-01-16 - Yunnan, China.

At the Xishuangbanna Tropical Zoo, an Asian elephant named Ya Long also gave birth to a baby weighing 95.4 kilograms on January 14, after 21 months and 19 days of pregnancy. "It took the baby elephant...


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Karl Mogensen pets Asha, an African elephant at the Natural Bridge Zoo. The USDA has cited the zoo for allowing visitors to ride Asha without her handler always nearby.

Natural Bridge Zoo fined for animal welfare violations

2021-01-15 - Natural Bridge, United States.

The fifth violation involved Asha, the zoo’s prized elephant, and regulations that require dangerous animals such as lions, tigers, bears and elephants to be under the control of an experienced hand...


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Gerry Cottle dead: Circus legend who ran away at 15 is killed by coronavirus

2021-01-14 - Bath, United Kingdom. Vikki White

Gerry Cottle, who died in hospital in Bath this week aged 75 after contracting coronavirus, became one of Britain’s best known kings of the Big Top. From virtually nothing he went on to run a string...


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