• Germany edition
 
Munich baby elephant dies before operation
Experts examine baby elephant Lola. Photo: DPA

Munich baby elephant dies before operation

Published: 22 Jan 2012 10:05 GMT+01:00
Updated: 22 Jan 2012 10:05 GMT+01:00

Lola would have become the first elephant in the world to have the surgery, a complicated operation planned by a team of vets and heart surgeons.

The elephant was taken to the Grosshadern Hospital for a CT scan, so that vets could take a closer look at her heart before operating. She was anaesthetized, but died during the scan, despite attempts to resuscitate her.

Keepers at the Hellabrunn Zoo first thought the three-month-old elephant had a cold when she seemed to be tired and short of breath in December. Her condition did not improve with antibiotics.

Ultrasound testing on Wednesday revealed her heart defect, which resulted in a dangerous blood clot in part of her heart.

"It was always our biggest fear that the clot in the heart would cause an embolism, which would mean immediate death," zoo director Andreas Knieriem said.

"Unfortunately, that is exactly what happened."

It is the second baby elephant from the Hellabrunn Zoo to die within 18 months. In June 2010, veterinarians had to euthanise Jamuna Toni, a six-month-old elephant, who was in poor health.

An autopsy revealed multiple bone breaks, leading vets to believe that Jamuna Toni was suffering from a metabolic bone disease.

DAPD/DPA/The Local/arp

The Local (news@thelocal.de)

Your comments about this article

20:21 January 23, 2012 by Englishted
I have eaten veal ,so could I try this?
03:28 January 24, 2012 by janreg58
Do you say the same thing when you see a penis? I bet you do.
11:17 January 24, 2012 by William Thirteen
poor girl.
18:10 January 24, 2012 by LancashireLad
So they took the baby away from its mother for a CT scan. Fair enough. They couldn't have known it would die, but how are they going to let the mother know the baby has died? The mother would have to see the corpse to understand, just as she would in nature.But what association would she then make? "Humans take my baby away and bring it back dead"? Or if she didn't see it again, "Humans take my baby away and I don't see it again?". Or I wonder if she knew something was wrong, anyway?
00:54 January 25, 2012 by zeddriver
@LancashireLad

The zoo was going to spend huge amounts of money to do heart surgery on the baby. They seem to have a pile of cash available now to send mother to therapy. Their going to have to build a hell of a big black leather sofa though.
Today's headlines
Germany plan air lifts to help fight Ebola
A Liberian man holds his daughter as they wait for treatment for suspected Ebola symptoms in Monrovia. Photo: DPA

Germany plan air lifts to help fight Ebola

Germany and France will send military transport planes to West Africa to help efforts to contain the Ebola epidemic, Chancellor Angela Merkel and military officials said on Friday. READ  

Germany beefs up asylum rules for Balkans

Germany beefs up asylum rules for Balkans

Germany made it harder Friday for people from Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia and Serbia to apply for asylum after lawmakers classified the three Balkan countries as safe, with respect for basic rights. READ  

German Muslims rally against extremism
Muslims pray in Kreuzberg, Berlin, on Friday outside a mosque which was damaged in an arson attack. Photo: DPA

German Muslims rally against extremism

Muslims across Germany held a day of prayers and rallies on Friday to condemn both Islamic extremism and a backlash against their faith that has seen arson attacks on mosques. READ  

German military flight to Iraq starts with a hiccup
The trainers on the air strip in Hohn, Schleswig-Holstein. Photo: Bundeswehr.

German military flight to Iraq starts with a hiccup

Military trainers flew to northern Iraq from Germany on Friday, ahead of a huge delivery of weapons from the German military, but things didn’t initially go as planned. READ  

Munich gets four Euro 2020 matches
Photo: DPA

Munich gets four Euro 2020 matches

UPDATE: Munich will play host to four Euro 2020 games, European football’s governing body Uefa announced in Geneva on Friday, but London was the real winner. READ  

Driver, 18, ploughs into school pupils
The scene by the bus stop outside the school in Diepholz. Photo: DPA

Driver, 18, ploughs into school pupils

An 18-year-old drove into a group of students outside a school in western Germany on Friday morning, injuring several. READ  

View from Germany
'In a globalized world we don't need more loners'
'No' campaign supporters celebrate in Edinburgh after the results were announced. Photo: DPA

'In a globalized world we don't need more loners'

UPDATE: The German government welcomed the result of the Scottish independence referendum on Friday, with Foreign Minister Frank-Walter Steinmeier calling it the "right decision". READ  

Oktoberfest 2014
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's beer
Photo: DPA

Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's beer

The Local's Oktoberfest guide chugs some of the Bavarian tipple fueling this whole shindig. READ  

Berlin squat ripped apart by fire
Kreuzberg's Cuvrybrache. Photo: DPA

Berlin squat ripped apart by fire

UPDATE: One of Berlin’s biggest squats was torn apart by a fire on Thursday night following an argument. READ  

Sterilized woman gets pregnant, sues doctors
Photo: DPA

Sterilized woman gets pregnant, sues doctors

A woman who gave birth after becoming sterilized has tried and failed to sue the hospital which carried out the operation. READ  

RECEIVE OUR NEWSLETTER AND ALERTS
Photo: DPA
Culture
Your guide to Munich Oktoberfest's tents
Photo: DPA
Hamburg
Drunk teachers ruin school trip to Hamburg
Marks & Spencer
Sponsored Article
Fashion Ladies of the Local: Win a New Autumn Look
Photo: DPA
Gallery
Oktoberfest 2014: The best and worst in dirndl fashion
Photo: Shutterstock
Gallery
Ten German words you'll never want to hear again
Photo: DPA
Education
German universities tumble in global rankings
Photo: Shutterstock
Business & Money
The three types of firms hiring foreigners
Photo: DPA
Berlin
Frisky couple shock Berlin commuters
Sponsored Article
Bilingual education from nursery to graduation at Phorms
Photo: DPA
Business & Money
JobTalk: All you need to know about working in Germany
National
Share news tips with The Local Germany
Latest news from The Local in Austria

More news from Austria at thelocal.at

Latest news from The Local in Switzerland

More news from Switzerland at thelocal.ch

Latest news from The Local in Denmark

More news from Denmark at thelocal.dk

Latest news from The Local in Spain

More news from Spain at thelocal.es

Latest news from The Local in France

More news from France at thelocal.fr

Latest news from The Local in Italy

More news from Italy at thelocal.it

Latest news from The Local in Norway

More news from Norway at thelocal.no

Latest news from The Local in Sweden

More news from Sweden at thelocal.se

3,348
jobs available
Toytown Germany
Germany's English-speaking crowd