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Whipsnade elephant paints for charity

An elephant has been showing off her artistic skills at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. 14-year-old Asian elephant Karishma uses a paintbrush held in her trunk to decorate a wooden elephant-shaped panel.

Karishma's works of art will be on display at the zoo during Elephant Appreciation Weekend on September 22 and 23, alongside nine wooden elephants which have been created and decorated by students from Central Bedfordshire College to represent each of Whipsnade's nine elephants.

Elephant keeper Elizabeth Callaghan says it demonstrates just how dexterous elephant's trunks really are.

Baby hippo's first swim at Whipsnade

A baby hippo has had her debut dip in public at Whipsnade Zoo in Bedfordshire. Ten-month-old Hula was the first Common Hippo born at the zoo in six years.

Hula weighed a hefty six stone (40kg) when she was born last September after a 240-day gestation period and will one day weigh approximately 220 stone (1,400kg) when she is fully grown, and reach up to 1.6 metres in height.

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