Sunday 25 September 2016

Jumbo newborn weighs in at 70kg

David Kearns

Published 22/09/2016 | 02:30

Proud mum Asha is seen with her new female Asian elephant calf, who was born in Dublin Zoo on Monday. Photo: Patrick Bolger
Proud mum Asha is seen with her new female Asian elephant calf, who was born in Dublin Zoo on Monday. Photo: Patrick Bolger

She took a whopping 22 months to arrive and weighed in at a jumbo 70kg.

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Now Dublin Zoo is asking the public to name its newest arrival - an adorable new Asian elephant calf.

Proud mum Asha gave birth to the healthy calf on Monday and already she has been seen playing alongside the rest of the herd at the Kaziranga Forest Trail.

Measuring in at just over a metre tall, the not-so-little calf is the fourth baby elephant born at Dublin Zoo in the past two years.

As is tradition, members of the public have been asked to suggest a name for the baby based on her Asian origin.

"This is Asha's first calf and so far she has done a remarkable job," said Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at the zoo.

"Asha has incredible maternal instincts and over the past two years has watched the other females in the herd raise their calves and learned from their behaviour."

The newborn marks a success for Dublin Zoo, which has had three generations of elephants born since it joined international efforts to help save the Asian elephant.

"We are very proud of the expanding herd and recognise the significance of these births for the future of endangered Asian elephants," said Mr Creighton.

Irish Independent

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