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Melbourne Zoo: Baby elephant stands up after rare tendon condition




The three-week-old elephant, who is fighting for her life at the Melbourne Zoo, stood up for the first time on Tuesday as she battles a rare tendon condition that prevents her from walking.

A baby Asian elephant, diagnosed with congenital carpal flexure, a condition that causes the animal’s feet to curl backwards leaving it unable to stand up, was able to stand for short periods of time on Tuesday after medical staff removed casts from its front legs.

The prognosis for the baby elephant has remained unclear since its birth. The rare condition has never before been documented in captive elephants.

The elephant has received round-the-clock care since she was born. If left untreated, the animal would have died.

As she is unable to stand to feed from her mother, zookeepers have been bottle feeding her with a milk formula instead as well as giving her intensive physiotherapy.

Melbourne Zoo’s senior veterinarian Michael Lynch said the elephant’s condition had improved and the casts were no longer needed.

“Once we took that cast off, she actually stood up with us balancing her for a short period of time, She’s showing some strength but she can’t consistently stand up unaided.”

Lynch said the elephant was still in a critical condition despite these small improvements. “It’s still a struggle to get her feeding consistently, she’s nutritionally not receiving adequate oral nutrition.”

“It’s very difficult to raise these Asian elephant calves and keep them in a good nutritional balance. She’s actually gotten a little weaker over this time and that’s our problem now.

“Whilst we’ ve fixed the legs, we have a calf that’s quite weak and we’ve got to get her moving around again so she can eventually get back with her mother,” she said.

Lynch said the Melbourne Zoo staff had fallen in love with the elephant.

“She’s a real fighter, she really wants to get up and we’re encouraging her in those efforts,” he said.

“She’s frustrated if the feeding is not going well, she gives little roars and things like that, so of course everyone’s fallen in love with her and just admiring her spirit and will to keep on going,” he said.

The elephant has been spending time with her mother twice a day through a fence.

Wefornews bureau


Australian Robert Doyle quits over sexual harassment allegations

The investigation was opened in December after Doyle was accused of sexual misconduct by Councilor Tessa Sullivan, who stepped down from her role over Doyle’s alleged behaviour.



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The Lord Mayor of Melbourne has announced his resignation after he was accused in 2017 of sexual harassment, his deputy said on Monday.

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Robert Doyle’s resignation was confirmed by Deputy Lord Mayor Arron Wood here, Efe news reported.

Doyle’s resignation comes after his lawyers advised last week that he was “suffering serious ill health” due to stress resulting from the claims.

“All parties involved in these circumstances are very distressed and my thoughts are with everyone involved,” Wood said.

“We recognise that this is an extremely difficult time for Doyle, his wife Emma Page-Campbell, and his four children. We are very hopeful that he has a full and speedy recovery from his current ill health,” he added.

“Additional time was required to finalise the probe into the allegations made against him,” a statement by the City of Melbourne siad.

The investigation was opened in December after Doyle was accused of sexual misconduct by Councilor Tessa Sullivan, who stepped down from her role over Doyle’s alleged behaviour.

Doyle welcomed the investigation, calling the allegations “thoroughly abhorrent”, and said he would “cooperate fully to clear (his) name”.

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Austria’s Supreme Court allows same-sex marriage from 2019



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Same-sex couples will be allowed to get married in Austria from 2019, the Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday. It said the current law violates the principle of non-discrimination.

The move brings Austria into line with many other European nations, including Germany, France, Britain, and Spain. Austria’s constitutional court examined a 2009 law which allows registered partnerships for same-sex couples, but prevents them from getting married, at the request of two women who were rejected by two lower authorities, Reuters said.

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Malaysia Airlines plane forced to return to Melbourne



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Melbourne, June 1, 2017: A Malaysia Airlines plane was forced to return to the Melbourne airport after a man who claiming to have a bomb tried to enter the cockpit of the aircraft, police said on Thursday.

Flight MH128 from Melbourne to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, was forced to return after take-off at 11.11 p.m. on Wednesday night when a 25-year-old student from Sri Lanka tried to enter the cockpit, reports the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC).

The man, who has been living in Dandenong in Melbourne’s south-east, was tackled by crew members and several passengers, who overpowered him and tied him up with belts.

Heavily-armed police wearing helmets and body armour and carrying rifles boarded the aircraft after it landed, and placed the man under arrest.

Victoria State Police later said the incident was not being treated as terrorism.

Victoria Police Chief Commissioner Graham Ashton said the man was carrying a “speaker-type device”, ABC reported.

“It looked to me like a slightly larger version of an iPhone…As one of these bluetooth-type speakers. It has cords that allow you to plug it into some sort of phone device to play music on,” he said.

Commissioner Ashton said the man was released from psychiatric care earlier on Wednesday.

Ashton said the man was likely to face Melbourne Magistrates’ Court later on Thursday.


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