Infant elephant died of heart defect

August 28th, 2013 5:52 pm| by admin

The unexpected death of an elephant calf shortly after it was born at the Copenhagen Zoo on Sunday night was caused by a heart defect, veterinarians said yesterday.

Zoo officials had expected to find that the elephant had been stillborn, but a post-mortem found the animal was missing a dividing wall between two of the chambers of its heart, a birth defect veterinarians described as “rare”.

They said the elephant had also oxygen in its lungs, which indicated that the calf had been breathing at the time of birth. 

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