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More pictures of baby elephant born weighing 100kg!

The baby elephant was born on Monday May 5 at 5:30pm Credit: West Midland Safari Park

These are some of the first pictures to be released of the first ever baby elephant to be born at the West Midland Safari Park.

The calf arrived at 5.30pm on Monday 5 May, after a 22 month pregnancy for his mother 'Five'.

The calf is yet to be named by keepers at the safari park in Bewdley. Credit: West Midland Safari Park

Hew was born through artificial insemination using semen that had been frozen and stored in a French laboratory, after it had been taken from a wild elephant.

First baby elephant for Safari Park in 41 year history

The first ever baby elephant to be born at West Midlands Safari Park Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

The first ever elephant has been born at West Midland Safari Park in its 41 year history.

The baby boy was born on Monday 5th May, after a 22 month pregnancy for mother Five - and weighed 100kgs!

The male calf is yet to be named, and is only the second calf to be born in the world, following artificial insemination using semen that had been frozen and stored in a French laboratory, after it had been taken from a wild elephant.

Head Elephant Keeper, Andy Plumb, said:

"This really is fantastic news, the baby is absolutely perfect - just like his mother - and both are fine. The birth was an uncomplicated one and Five clearly adores her new baby. We are all absolutely over the moon that mum and baby are doing well.

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Three injured in horse and cart crash in Worcestershire

Three people have been taken to hospital after the horse and cart they were travelling in was involved in a crash with a car in Bewdley in Worcestershire.

The collision happened near The Running Horse pub on Long Back at around 8:40pm.

“The first patient, a man in his 30s, was assessed and treated for leg and hip pain and was immobalised with the use of a spinal board.

“A woman in her 30s was treated for a fractured left arm whilst the third patient, a young girl, was assessed and treated for a fractured ankle and back pain.

“The horse was also hit in the collision but did not appear to be injured.

“The driver of the vehicle did not suffer any injuries.”

– West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman

Flood defence barriers put up in Bewdley

Flood defences in place in Bewdley Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

The flood defences in Bewdley have been put in place again with the warning of more flooding. More heavy rain overnight means water levels are continuing to rise.

15 flood warnings are currently in place in the Midlands, with another 35 locations on flood alert.

The Environment Agency constructs the Bewdley flood defense barrier as the level of River Severn rises Credit: David Jones/PA Wire

Rabbit thrown from bridge in Bewdley

The RSPCA is appealing for information after a man threw a rabbit from a bridge in Bewdley last week.

Rowers on the River Severn saw the man cycle along the bridge on Kidderminster Road at about 8.15pm on June 17 and remove a live rabbit from a bag.

When he was asked what he was doing, the man replied, “It’s got mixy”. He then threw the rabbit into the river.

The RSPCA was contacted and no body has been recovered.

It doesn’t matter whether this rabbit had mixomatosis or any other problem – there is no excuse to throw a live animal to its certain death.

The poor thing must have been absolutely terrified.

– Kelly Lake, RSPCA inspector

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Farrow left note during a burglary threatening to kill

This is the note Stephen Farrow left the homeowners when they failed to return Credit: ITV Central

Farrows trial was told he has psychopathic tendencies and had planned to crucify Rev Suddards.

At a nearby burglary he left a note: "be thankful you did not come back or I would have killed you Christian scum, hate God."

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