A baby African elephant died during labor Monday afternoon at Six Flags Marine World in Vallejo, where veterinarians were keeping a close watch on the mother. Tika, who was weeks overdue in her 22-month pregnancy, went into labor Saturday afternoon, but her contractions weakened after about 24 hours, according to Marine World officials. Attempts to induce labor on Sunday and early Monday failed.
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The baby travels eight feet to leave the birth canal. The umbilical cord detaches early so if the baby doesn't get out, it can't get air and unfortunately it dies. Babies I believe need to be pretty big to survive in the wild, especially africa.~~~~~~~Evolution is wrong~~~~
O.K. I am confused. Nowhere in the article did it mention how the deceased baby is going to be removed from the mother. They mention how she shows no sign of pain or discomfort of any kind. Thats all find and dandy but when does the 200/lbs. baby come out? I am assuming it will be eventually a delivery but wouldnt infection or something set in if the delivery is not performed soon?
I am not a veterinarian so I have no inkling of a ....*clue* as to how this works.
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