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(Andrew Chant/Rex Features)

Orphaned pygmy elephant on the road to recovery after mother's tragic death

7 February 2013

An orphaned pygmy elephant called Joe is on the mend after keepers feared the trauma stemming from the death of his mother would kill him. The young calf was rescued by wildlife officials after he was found trying to wake his lifeless mother, who had been mysteriously poisoned. The only survivor of his herd, the elephant had not been drinking enough milk and was dramatically losing weight. But Joe has gained an appetite for milk formula and has bonded with a keeper at the Lok Kawi wildlife park, Malaysia.

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