Thursday 21 September 2017

Zoo getting ready for some jumbo deliveries

Ella Kiernan (6) and Mia Creighton (7) reading 'Dublin Zoo Elephants' yesterday
Ella Kiernan (6) and Mia Creighton (7) reading 'Dublin Zoo Elephants' yesterday

ALL four female elephants in the herd at Dublin Zoo are pregnant, the keepers believe.

So, all going well, there will be a bonanza of baby elephants there over the next couple of years.

The happy news, which was supposed to be kept secret until after Christmas, emerged at the launch yesterday of a new book for children titled 'Dublin Zoo Elephants'.

Written by Catherine de Courcy and illustrated by Cathy Callan, the book introduces young readers to the herd. So how do you tell when an elephant is pregnant? You analyse the poo, the kids at the launch were delighted to learn.

The dung from the four female elephants has been sent away for testing. But head elephant keeper Gerry Creighton and the staff believe all four are pregnant.

Irish Independent

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