Baby elephant dies in Ostrava Zoo

A baby elephant, the first to be born in the Czech Republic, died on Friday morning in the Ostrava Zoo. The Asian Elephant was born prematurely on March 11 and was sickly and did not gain weight; its young and inexperienced mother had attacked it soon after its birth but had become an exemplary mother by the time of its death, the zoo says. A second elephant, born a month later, is in good health and is growing quickly. Zoo workers say it was an invaluable experience for the mother, which had never had the chance to learn how to raise a calf from others, and can expect as many as ten more in her life.