Jumbo ultrasound at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo
Tuesday 7 December 2010
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 three 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 six 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 seven-acre paddock with his big sister Donna.