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Big baby at Dublin Zoo

Wednesday, 21st February, 2018 7:59am
Big baby at Dublin Zoo

The new arrival stays close to mum. PHOTO: PATRICK BOLGER

Big baby at Dublin Zoo

The new arrival stays close to mum. PHOTO: PATRICK BOLGER

DUBLIN Zoo is celebrating the birth of a big bouncing baby Asian elephant.

Proud mum, Anak, gave birth to the healthy male calf on Saturday, February 10, after a 22-month gestation period.

The calf is estimated to weigh a staggering 90kg.

The new arrival is Anak’s second calf and the seventh elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo in less than four years. The new-born will join the herd of Asian elephants, including father Upali.

“We are delighted to welcome our new arrival to Dublin Zoo and happy to report the calf is healthy, strong and was standing within minutes of his birth,” said Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at Dublin Zoo.

“It is fascinating to watch the younger females interact with the calf, as they are working together to protect him. Witnessing the sights and sounds of an elephant birth, is important to inexperienced females in the herd as it prepares them for motherhood.”

The new-born is a significant success for Dublin Zoo as it’s part of an international breeding programme established to assist the survival of the Asian elephant.

It is estimated that the Asian elephant population has declined by over 50 per cent in the last 70 years. Dublin Zoo also provides ongoing support to the research of Asian elephants in the Kaziranga National Park, India. 

The new arrival can be seen at the Kaziranga Forest Trail in Dublin Zoo.

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