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hybrid elephant calf Chester Zoo 16 July 1978

Motty the only known African x Asian Elephant calf. The only photo I could get of this unique specimen. He was four days old.

hybrid elephant calf Chester Zoo 16 July 1978
bongorob, 9 Feb 2008
    • bongorob
      Motty the only known African x Asian Elephant calf. The only photo I could get of this unique specimen. He was four days old.
    • CZJimmy
      He's in the natural history museum in London now isn't he?

      Good retrospective pics of Chester by the way!
    • Writhedhornbill
      Did Mick Jones still work at Chester when Motty was there?
    • bongorob
      Yes the remains of Motty are in the museum.

      Mick Jones has been at Chester since 1975 I think. Les Hills was section head in those days.
    • CZJimmy
      he only lasted 2 weeks due to an early birth and stomach problems...
      http://www.hybridelephant.com/motty.html
      That is a good site describing the event.

      I also remember a quite large sign describing Motty in the old elephant house, however I'm not surprised it was taken down as it doesn't quite fit in with the conservation message. ;)
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