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Endangered elephant born in Israel’s safari seen on video nursing from grandmother instead of its mother

By Mason White 2:48 PM August 5, 2013
Baby elephant its mother and grandmother 

By: Shifra Unger
(Scroll down for video) A video of an endangered elephant born in Israel, is nursing from its grandmother instead of its mother, causing concern among safari officials.

An endangered species Asian elephant has given birth to her first calf at a safari park in Ramat Gan, Israel.

Seven-years-old La Belle, gave birth to a healthy baby female on Friday, weighing around 80 kg, or about 175 pounds. The newborn calf has not yet been named and has been constantly surrounded by its mother and grandmother, La Petite.

The calf is being taking care of by her grandmother rather than the mother, which is proving to be a source of concern to the staff at the safari park. However, they are closely monitoring the situation and may isolate La Petite if necessary.

The 35-year-old grandmother of the baby is also pregnant, and it is expected that once it gives birth, it will be less involved with its daughter’s newborn and focus more on its own baby.