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Lucky doing well

A baby elk named Lucky was born after her pregnant mother was hit by a SUV on Interstate 40 last month. Lucky is doing well and is living at Bearizona in Williams. 

The elk calf that was born after her mother was fatally struck by a SUV on Interstate 40 about a month ago is still alive and doing well.

The calf, who has been named Lucky, is now living at Bearizona in Williams. She still has some scars and scabs from the car accident and is on display with a young pronghorn rescued by the Arizona Game and Fish Department, said Dave O’Connell, supervisor of animal staff at Bearizona.

A passerby who stopped by the side of the road after the June car accident found baby Lucky and started drying her off with blankets. O'Connell said that it was the act of being hit by the vehicle that caused the elk's mother to give birth. Soon after that, the young calf was picked up by officials with the Arizona Game and Fish Department and taken to Bearizona.

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Environment, Health and Science Reporter

Emery Cowan writes about science, health and the environment for the Arizona Daily Sun, covering everything from forest restoration to endangered species recovery efforts.

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