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Melbourne Zoo: Baby elephant stands up after rare tendon condition

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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

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Key Indian equity indices trade flat in morning session

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Mumbai, July 16: The key Indian equity indices was trading flat-to-negative on Monday soon after opening.

The 30-scrip Sensitive Index (Sensex), was trading 15.79 points or 0.04 per cent lower soon after opening.

The wider 50-scrip Nifty of the National Stock Exchange (NSE) was also trading 23.30 points or 0.21 per cent lower at 10,995.70 points.

The Sensex of the BSE, which opened at 36,658.71 points, was trading at 36,525.84 points (at 9.30 a.m.), lower 15.79 points or 0.04 per cent from the previous day’s close at 36,541.63 points.

The Sensex touched a high of 36,658.71 points and a low of 36,496.65 points in the trade so far.

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Over 4,000 pilgrims leave Jammu for Amarnath Yatra

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Jammu, July 16: Over 1,87,300 pilgrims have so far performed this year’s Amarnath Yatra as another batch of 4,195 pilgrims left Jammu for the Valley on Monday.

“A total of 4,195 Yatris left Bhagwati Nagar Yatri Niwas in two batches of 2,455 and 1,740 for the Valley in escorted convoys. Of these, 2,455 Yatris are headed for Baltal while 1,740 are going to Pahalgam base camp,” police said.

The 60-day long Yatra will end on August 26 coinciding with the Shravan Purnima festival.

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BJP MP’s daughter among 19 summoned in Assam’s cash-for-jobs scam

Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma,” said a senior official on the probe team.

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Guwahati, July 15 (IANS) The daughter of BJP’s Lok Sabha MP R.P. Sharma is among 19 government officials issued summons on Sunday by the Assam Police in the multi-crore cash-for-jobs scam.

The Dibrugarh police, which is probing the case, has asked these officials to appear at the Special Branch Headquarters in Kahilipara area here on July 18 to give their handwriting samples for forensics tests.

These 19 include 13 officials of Assam Civil Service Officers, three of Assam Police Service and three of allied services. “Police officer Pallabi Sharma is the daughter of Bharatiya Janata Party’s Lok Sabha MP from Tezpur, R.P. Sharma,” said a senior official on the probe team.

The official said that police has already collected substantial evidence against the 19 for their alleged involvement in the job scam.

Certain top officials of the Assam Public Service Commission, which holds the two-stage examination for selecting candidates for plum state jobs, allegedly accepted huge bribes over several years for selecting the candidates.

Over 30 Assam civil and police as well as allied services officers have so far been arrested in the scam, apart from then APSC Chairman Rakesh Kumar Paul, two commission members, and other officials.

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