Tuesday, January 24, 2012

We'll never forget you: Elephants say a sad farewell to baby who died of a heart defect


Goodbye little one: An adult elephant tenderly nuzzles the lifeless body of baby Lola at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany. The three-months-old calf was due for an operation on her defective heart but sadly died during a preliminary scan

A herd of grieving elephants gathers round the lifeless body of a little calf after she died of a heart defect. Three-month-old Lola was due to receive groundbreaking surgery for her condition but passed away during a preliminary scan.
Keepers at Munich's Hellabrunn Zoo decided to return her body to the enclosure so mother Panang, 22, could say her goodbyes in peace.

Afterwards the rest of the herd gently nuzzled Lola's body with their trunks before taking their leave of her. Zoo director and veterinarian Dr Andreas Knieriem explained how baby Lola died after three days of treatment by experts.
'Considering the pathology, it has to be said it's a miracle that she lived as long as she did," said Dr. Knieriem. 'Her arteries were so blocked that blood couldn't flow through her lungs anymore.'

source: dailymail

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