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15 November 2010, 14:47
Whipsnade Zoo release the ultrasound of the George the baby elephant.
With a tiny trunk already visible, this incredible image of an elephant in utero shows George, ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s latest pachyderm arrival, 19 months before he was born.
Seen here at approximately 3 months into its 22-month pregnancy, the elephant embryo is clearly visible using 3D ultrasound scanners.
Ultrasound scans are carried out throughout the pregnancy, much like with humans, to monitor the health and well-being of mum and baby.
A year and a half later, George’s amazing birth was captured by cameras and viewers can witness the incredible moment in episode two of ITV1’s The Zoo, on Tuesday 16 November at 8pm.
Now 6 months old, George weighs around 60 stone and is a boisterous member of the herd of Asian elephants at the Zoo in Dunstable, Bedfordshire where he loves to play in the 7-acre paddock with his big sister Donna