Ultrasound of baby elephant

15 November 2010, 14:47 | Updated: 15 November 2010, 15:09

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