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1. Elephant keeper walking with elephants out of gate

2. Elephants walking

3. SOUNDBITE: (English) Dr. Gabi Ashkar, Head veterinarian and Deputy Director of the Jerusalem Zoo: “We are going to check today a pregnant elephant that we did it with the artificial insemination. I am speaking about an international project, that last aim of it is to save the endangered species, the Asian elephant, and artificial insemination is one of the main things that professionals do today to save this species. They succeed less than ten times all over the world and now we have this success also in Israel. Her name is Tamar.”

4. Tamar walking into examination room

5. Veterinarian preparing to examine Tamar

6. Veterinarian performing ultrasound test on Tamar

7. Ultrasound screen showing baby elephant moving

8. Vets with elephant after test

9. SOUNDBITE: (English) Thomas Hulderbrand, Veterinarian and head of the department of reproduction management at the Institute for Zoo and Wildlife Research: “We saw the baby and we saw that everything is fine. The baby is this size now and it’s already moving. It’s a very impressive picture which has finally paid off for all our work, to bring the semen from England to Israel with all the difficulties logistically-wise, so we are all very happy now.”

10. Elephants in zoo

11. Tilt up from reflection of elephant’s in water to elephant’s walking by

STORYLINE: After three attempts at conceiving using artificial insemination, 20-year-old Asian elephant Tamar, who lives in Jerusalem’s Biblical Zoo, is finally pregnant.

Dr Gabi Ashkar, the head veterinarian and Deputy Director at the Jerusalem zoo, said the zoo was taking part in an international effort to try to save the Asian elephant, which has become an endangered species.

Semen had to be brought from overseas to use in the artificial insemination process because there are no male elephants of breeding age at the zoo.

Emmet, who lives at Whipsnade Zoo in England, is the father of Tamar’s unborn baby.

On Saturday, the German team which carried out the artificial insemination, arrived at the zoo to perform an ultrasound examination on the elephant.

They said that Tamar was in the twentieth week of her pregnancy and was in good health.

Although there’s still a long way to go – an elephant pregnancy lasts for 22 months – the German veterinary team seemed very pleased with her progress.

The team has been trying to artificially inseminate Tamar for the past two years and had already made three unsuccessful attempts.

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