Woodland Park elephant has miscarriage

Woodland Park elephant has miscarriage

Credit: Seattle Times / John Lok

A file photo of Chai, the Asian elephant at the Woodland Park Zoo.

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by KING5.com Staff

NWCN.com

Posted on August 15, 2009 at 1:33 PM

Updated Thursday, Sep 24 at 12:37 PM

SEATTLE - Woodland Park Zoo officials say their Asian elephant appears to be behaving normally after having a miscarriage Thursday afternoon.

The Zoo says 41-year-old Chai was in her first trimester of pregnancy when the miscarriage happened. The gestation period for elephants is 22 months.

"As in all mammals, miscarriages are not uncommon, especially during the first trimester," explained Woodland Park Zoo General Curator Dr. Nancy Hawkes.

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The Zoo says Chai appears is eating, socializing and behaving normally despite what happened.

It may take several weeks to find out what led to the miscarriage.

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