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Baby elephant 'cries' for five hours after mother tried to stamp him to death shortly after birth.
Keepers removed Zhuangzhuang from enclosure after attack by his mother He has been treated for his injuries and adopted by one of the staff Horrified zookeepers were forced to intervene after a female elephant attempted to stamp her calf to death shortly after he was born.
The female elephant had stepped on baby Zhuangzhuang almost immediately after giving birth at a Chinese zoo on August 30. But vets initially thought it was an accident.
They removed the calf to treat his injuries and returned him to his mother two hours later - but she started to stamp on him again. Keepers drove her off and took the little elephant away.
The rejected calf then reportedly cried for five hours as staff at the Shendiaoshan Wild Animal Natural Reserve Area, in Rongcheng, Shandong province, tried to comfort him. He is now making good progress and has been adopted by a keeper.