EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?

 EGYPT PICTURES: Ancient Animal Graves From Private Zoo?
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By examining the elephant's stomach contents, pictured here, botanist Elena Marinova of Belgium's Catholic University of Leuven was able to determine the animal's last meal: wheat chaff, acacia twigs, and river plants from the papyrus family.

Because these plants grow in different locations--fields, desert, marsh--"there can be no doubt he was being fed" in captivity, archaeologist Renee Friedman said.

Researchers also found a baby hippo and a wildcat with severe bone breaks, which had healed--an unlikely outcome without human protection.
—Photograph courtesy Renée Friedman
 
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