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'A fitting tribute': Baby elephant named after Stephen Sutton

A spokesman for West Midlands Safari Park, has called the naming of a 5-week-old baby elephant after Stephen Sutton a 'fitting tribute to an inspirational young man' and recalled the moment when the cancer hero met the calf's mother earlier this year.

A 5-week-old baby elephant has been named 'Sutton' after the heroic cancer victim Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

Bob Lawrence, Director of Wildlife, said:

This is a fitting tribute to an inspirational young man who captured the hearts and minds of so many for his remarkable achievements. Stephen and his mother, Jane, met Five in January 2014 before the calf was born...

...It was number 30 on Stephen's bucket list to "Hug an animal that is bigger than me". In the event, I think Stephen's legacy has turned into something even bigger...

...There is also another remarkable side to this story. The calf's father - a wild bull elephant from South Africa - is called 'Steve'! The Parks' Consultant Vet for this project - IZW Berlin - chose 'Steve' because he was a magnificent specimen of an African elephant.

Baby elephant named 'Sutton' in Stephen's honour

Staff at West Midlands Safari Park have named a baby elephant in Stephen Sutton's honour, after conducting a poll on social media.

A 5-week-old baby elephant has been named 'Sutton' after the heroic cancer victim Credit: West Midlands Safari Park

The 5-week-old calf already weighs 130kg and is the the first baby elephant to be born at West Midland Safari Park in its 41-year history.

To mark the event, staff decided to launch an online competition to decide on a name.

Perhaps owing to the image of Stephen hugging the calf's mother 'Five' back in January - as one of his bucket list wishes to 'hug an animal bigger than me' - there were around 2,000 suggestions each for the names 'Stephen' and 'Sutton'.

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Elephant living in Birmingham takes world's first 'elfie'

An elephant at West Midlands Safari Park has become the first in the world to take an 'elfie' after a man dropped his phone while driving through the wildlife park.

African elephant Latabe taking the 'elfie' Credit: SWNS

Staff told Scott Brierley to continue driving when he dropped his phone and when he later retrieved it, he was stunned to see the African elephant had captured a picture of herself with her trunk.

Scott says he now has the world's first elephant 'selfie', which was taken on Monday.

Scott with the elephant before he dropped his phone Credit: SWNS

Scott, said:

"I really couldn't believe when the iPhone came back, I pressed the centre button to check it was still working and wow there it was - me and my friend were in shock."

"The elephant had taken two pictures, but the second isn't very good. I have shown everybody the elephant selfie, and they all love it."

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Snake-handler bitten by Cobra

A snake-handler from West Midlands Safari Park has been air lifted to hospital after he was bitten by a King Cobra.

The man, who is in his 50s, was bitten on his leg on Sunday afternoon.

Snake Venom can be lethal if it enters the bloodstream, however, medics on scene said the man was in a stable condition and was flown to hospital as a precaution.

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