A herd of grieving elephants at Munich’s Hellabrunn Zoo gathers round the lifeless body of a little calf who sadly died of a heart defect. Mum Panang is in the middle.

Goodbye little one: An adult elephant tenderly nuzzles the lifeless body of baby Lola at Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, Germany. The three-months-old calf was due for an operation on her defective heart but sadly died during a preliminary scan. A sad thing thing to see.

Lola was due to undergo surgery at the Grosshadern Clinic, but died during a preliminary scan.

Lola’s arteries were so blocked that blood couldn’t flow through her lungs.

Lola, pictured enjoying some carrots in her enclosure at the Hellabrunn Zoo in Munich, was three months old when she died.