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Orphaned elephants need milk. These baby-mother pairs might have the formula.

SAN DIEGO – On a chilly, breezy morning at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park, an African elephant named Umngani was ready to nurse her hungry calf, Mkhaya. But first her keepers needed Umngani to cooperate in a research project meant to unlock the secrets of a life-giving substance: mother’s milk. At stake was not just Mkhaya’s eager tummy but also the health and survival of orphan calves in elephant sanctuaries in Africa and zoos around the world.

Rare tiger kills prospective mate in London at first meeting

For ten days, the London Zoo kept its newly arrived male Sumatran tiger Asim in a separate enclosure from Melati, the female tiger who was supposed to become his mate. On Friday, they put the two tigers into the same enclosure – and Asim killed Melati as shocked handlers tried in vain to intervene.

Animal advocates: Fatal zoo mauling shows need for crackdown

The fatal mauling of a zoo intern by a lion that escaped from a locked pen illustrates the need for North Carolina regulators to crack down on unaccredited exhibitors of dangerous animals, animal welfare advocates said Monday.