Tuesday 12 December 2017

Jungle fever hits zoo as it hopes for new baby-jumbo arrivals

Mother and child Yasmin and Anuk, cool off at Dublin Zoo as Ireland's heatwave continues
Mother and child Yasmin and Anuk, cool off at Dublin Zoo as Ireland's heatwave continues

VISITORS to Dublin Zoo may be able to see baby elephants in the near future if initial predictions are correct.

Although unconfirmed as of yet, it is thought that the two female Indian elephants featured in the Kaziranga Forest Trail at the zoo may have been impregnated by the male, according to one of the keepers.

The endangered Indian elephant sisters have recently been left together at night with the male, in an attempt to raise their low numbers as an endangered species.

It is currently estimated that only 40,000 of the species remain in the wild.

Meanwhile, the zookeepers have been busy ensuring the animals are kept cool during the current spell of hot weather.

The zoo's Ciaran McMahon said they've been using water cannons to cool down the elephants.

"We are washing the elephants around four times a day – they love water," he said. "They also swim and then roll in sand which provides a kind of natural sunblock."

Zoo visitors have also witnessed monkeys and apes tucking into iceblocks. "It is a great way of getting water into them, we use a small drop of cordial and fruit. So they have to eat the ice to get the fruit," he said.

Irish Independent

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