News Irish News

Sunday 18 February 2018

Herd the one about the elephant baby boom?

Dublin Zoo is also inviting the public to suggest names for the newest arrival Picture: Patrick Bolger
Dublin Zoo is also inviting the public to suggest names for the newest arrival Picture: Patrick Bolger

Trumpeting by a happy herd of elephants greeted the birth of a bull calf at Dublin Zoo this week.

The 286lb 'baby' was born to Yasmin, a 26-year-old Asian elephant, on Monday afternoon - causing much excitement for the other nine members of the herd.

The youngster, already one metre tall, is the latest in a 'baby boom' in the herd of Asian elephants. A decade ago, the first ever birth of an elephant in Dublin saw the arrival of Asha, a male who is now an integral part of the herd.

Six elephants have now been born in less than three years, making the zoo the most successful in the world for the breeding of endangered Asian elephants.

The public is invited to suggest a name for the new arrival that is based on his Asian origins. Name suggestions can be submitted at www.DublinZoo.ie.

The calf was born after a 22-month gestation period. He is Yasmin's fourth calf. His father is Upali, a 22-year-old bull living at the zoo.

Irish Independent

Promoted Links

Today's news headlines, directly to your inbox every morning.

Promoted Links

Editor's Choice

Also in Irish News