In what zoo keepers are calling a small win, Melbourne Zoo’s stricken baby elephant has defied the odds and is standing – albeit for short periods of time. The female calf was born with an extremely rare condition – congenital carpal flexure – which caused her feet to curl backwards, leaving her unable to walk The condition has never before been documented in captive elephants.
The elephant calf’s mother Num-Oi at Melbourne Zoo on Monday.
Photo: Justin McManus
Having been under round-the-clock care, the calf has been able to stand up occasionally, with assistance from keepers.
Embattled Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has hailed this event as an indication that the Liberal party will be returned with a significant majority in the Federal Parliament.
Bill Shorten said Malcolm Turnbull and the elephant were clutching at straws.
South Australian Senator Cory Bernardi has denied parenthood.