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Elephant Calf Dies Just Short of Groundbreaking Surgery

At just 25 days old, baby elephant called Lola plays in her enclosure at Munich Zoo Hellabrunn on Nov. 22, 2011 in Munich, Germany. Nadine Rupp/Getty Images(MUNICH) -- A baby elephant at a German zoo who suffered from heart problems has passed away.  Lola would’ve been the world’s first elephant to have heart surgery to remove a blood clot, but died during preparations for the operation.  At just three months, during a CTA scan, the calf suffered from a pulmonary embolism and could not be revived.

Zoo director and veterinarian Dr. Andreas Knieriem commented on Lola’s tragic death to the UK’s Daily Mail: "Considering the pathology, it has to be said it’s a miracle that she lived as long as she did. Her arteries were so blocked that blood couldn’t flow through her lungs anymore.”

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