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Little elephant is the first scientific record of dwarfism in the wild

Dwarf adult Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).
Dwarf adult Asian elephant (Elephas maximus).


2013-12-20 - Colombo, Sri Lanka
Biologists in Sri Lanka have published the first documented evidence of dwarfism in an adult wild animal. A male Asian elephant (Elephas maximus) measuring just over 1.5 meters (five feet) in height was seen in an aggressive encounter with another male of average size, according to the findings published in the IUCN/SSC Asian Elephant Specialist Group journal Gajah.



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Wijesinha, R., Hapuarachchi, N., Abbott, B., Pastorini, J., and Fernando, P. 2013. Disproportionate dwarfism in a wild Asian elephant. Gajah. 38, 30-32

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