It's a girl! Dublin Zoo welcomes adorable new arrival
The corks are popping over at Dublin Zoo as staff welcome the latest arrival.
Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of a rare Asian elephant calf.
The unnamed female calf arrived to mum Bernhardine (Dina) - the herd’s matriarch - on Monday night after a 22-month gestation.
The healthy little calf is estimated to be one-metre tall and weighs approximately 80kg and both mum and daughter are doing well.
She's got plenty of friends to show her the ropes as she's Dina's third calf and the fifth elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo in less than three years.
The new-born will join the herd of nine Asian elephants, including father Upali, in the Kaziranga Forest Trail.
Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at Dublin Zoo said, “We are delighted with the new arrival and happy to report that both mum and calf are doing great. The calf is feeding exceptionally well and has settled into her surroundings seamlessly.
"This is Dina’s third calf and so naturally, she has developed excellent maternal instincts over the years. We are very proud of the expanding herd and recognise the significance of these births for the future of endangered Asian elephants.”
Asian elephants, which are native to south and south east Asia, are listed as endangered on the International Union for the Conservation of Nature’s (IUCN’s) Red List, threatened by habitat loss, poaching, disease and direct conflict with humans.