Wednesday 22 October 2014

Elephants trumpet the new family arrival at Dublin Zoo

Claire Mc Cormack

Published 22/07/2014 | 02:30

Mum Yasmin and the male calf at Dublin Zoo yesterday. The calf was born last Thursday
The latest new addition to Dublin zoo, a new Asian bull elephant calf pictured this morning at the zoo. The calf, which is yet to be named, was born to mother Yasmin

CUTE, coy and camera shy – but the newest baby in Dublin Zoo has no chance of staying hidden.

Weighing in at 80kg, the elephant calf, yet to be named, was born to mother Yasmin at 7.22am last Thursday.

Speaking at the elephant's official debut, Leo Oosterweghel, Director at Dublin Zoo, said there was great excitement among all the elephants after the birth.

"For about an hour there was absolute mayhem, the elephants started running around, rumbling and trumpeting and the calf was in a forest of 16 legs around him," said Mr Oosterweghel.

"After about seven or eight minutes he stood up and then he sat down again and the elephants would push it to activate him but the sound was extraordinary."

Peering around the corner of their sanctuary, mother Yasmin and the three other females formed a protective shield around the calf as he walked in his mother's footsteps.

Dublin Zoo welcomed The Natural Confectionery Company (TNCC) on board as sponsors of the Asian elephant habitat and are inviting the public to help name the calf inspired by his Indian origin.

The competition will be run through the TNCC Facebook page and entries will be accepted by family members aged 18 and older.

Irish Independent

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