- Title: GERMANY: ASIAN ELEPHANT BABY KIRI HAS BEEN FOUND DEAD IN THE BERLIN ZOO
- Date: 28th December 2000
- Summary: BERLIN, GERMANY (DECEMBER 28, 2000 AND FILE) (REUTERS) SLV/CU OF ELEPHANTS OUTSIDE PACHYDERM ENCLOSURE AT BERLIN ZOO (3 SHOTS) MCU (German) ZOO SPOKESMAN HEINER KLOES SAYING: A zookeeper found the elephant at about 7 am this morning when he wanted to feed him a bottle. When he entered the building he could not hear the baby. Shortly thereafter he found the lifeless body of our baby elephant. SLV PULL IN CU ELEPHANT IN ENCLOSURE MCU (German) ZOO SPOKESMAN HEINER KLOES SAYING: We are all deeply sad, especially the elphant keepers. They were all very involved in the pregnancy, the bull's birth and since then had spent days and nights taking great care of Kiri. We are all very shaken. LV ELEPHANTS IN ENCLOSURE
- Embargoed: 12th January 2001 12:00
- Location: BERLIN, GERMANY
- Country: Germany
- Topics: Environment,Quirky,Light / Amusing / Unusual / Quirky
- Reuters ID: LVACUFLDAG8W6RH640T89R3KNPJS
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- Story Text: The hugely popular Asian elephant baby Kiri has been found dead in the Berlin zoo.
Zookeepers found Kiri, a nine-month old Asian elephant baby, dead in its enclosure on Thursday morning (December 28).
Zoo spokesmen said that the cause of the elephant's death was most likely a virus infection.
Kiri was hugely popular among zoo visitors. Filmed by zoo members, it was the first such birth at the zoo in 62 years.
Shortly after birth Kiri was abandoned by his mother, leaving zookeepers to bottle-feed him.
The death came as a big surprise to all because there were no signs of illness. He was playing in the snow on Wednesday, was fed in the evening and then seen by a keeper playing with a ball.
Kiri had gained about one kilo weight per day. Born at 145 kilos, he weighed nearly 400 kilogrammes at death.
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