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Unformatted text preview: Inseminated Elephant Gives Birth in Asia BANGKOK, Thailand - Thai veterinarians announced Thursday that an artificially inseminated elephant has given birth to a bouncing baby boy _ a first in Asia that could be a crucial step in conserving the endangered species. The baby Asian elephant was born late Wednesday at the Elephant Hospital at the Thai Elephant Conservation Centre in the northern Thai town of Lampang, said Sitthidej Mahasawangkul, head of the hospital. The 220-pound male calf was healthy and could walk immediately, he said. The mother was also doing well, Sitthidej said. "This is the first time that artificial insemination is successfully carried out in Thailand and in Asia," he said. "We hope that this will help increase the elephant population in Thailand which have been declining for the past several decades. "An Asian elephant impregnated through a similar method by German veterinarians gave birth in Israel in December to what was the 11th Asian elephant to be born using this method, according to Israeli news reports at the time. Asian elephants are an endangered be born using this method, according to Israeli news reports at the time....
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- Fall '07