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Dublin Zoo names new baby elephant calves Kavi and Ashoka

The Zoo welcomed the arrivals of the mammals over the summer, and now the two calves have been publicly introduced after a Facebook competition found appropriate names.

Dublin Zoo and The Natural Confectionery Company organised the naming competition, encouraging social media users to 'run wild with their imaginations' and suggest names for the two Asian elephant calves.

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Pictured today Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at Dublin Zoo are The Natural Confectionery Company Facebook competition winners Katie Bushe (left) and Sally Cullen (right) with Gerry Creighton Operations Manager for Dublin Zoo
© Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

Pictured today Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at Dublin Zoo are The Natural Confectionery Company Facebook competition winners Katie Bushe (left) and Sally Cullen (right) with Gerry Creighton Operations Manager for Dublin Zoo © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

Pictured today Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at Dublin Zoo are The Natural Confectionery Company Facebook competition winners Katie Bushe and Sally Cullen with Gerry Creighton Operations Manager for Dublin Zoo and Karl Tyndall, Senior Brand Manager for The Natural Confectionary Company
© Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

Pictured today Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at Dublin Zoo are The Natural Confectionery Company Facebook competition winners Katie Bushe and Sally Cullen with Gerry Creighton Operations Manager for Dublin Zoo and Karl Tyndall, Senior Brand Manager for The Natural Confectionary Company © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

The Natural Confectionery Company sponsors the Kaziranga Forest Trail at Dublin Zoo.
© Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

The Natural Confectionery Company sponsors the Kaziranga Forest Trail at Dublin Zoo. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

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Pictured today Wednesday, 17th September 2014 at Dublin Zoo are The Natural Confectionery Company Facebook competition winners Katie Bushe (left) and Sally Cullen (right) with Gerry Creighton Operations Manager for Dublin Zoo © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

The first calf, Kavi, was born in July, to mother Yasmin.

Siobhan Cullen, from Balgriffin in Co Dublin, suggested the name Kavi, an Indian word which means poet or wise man, for the bull calf.

Katie Bush, from Malahide in Co Dublin, won the honour of naming the second calf Ashoka, born in August, after one of India’s greatest emperors.

Both Sally and Katie attended the celebration this morning alongside their families, helping to announce the chosen names.

To thank them for their imaginative contributions, they received a four star hotel break, an annual pass to Dublin Zoo, and plenty of The Natural Confectionary Company goodies.

Kavi and Ashoka can be visited at the Kaziranga Forest Trail at Dublin Zoo, seven days a week from 9.30 am.

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