Sunday 17 December 2017

Elephant baby boom: Dublin Zoo welcomes third calf in ten weeks

Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Freya Drohan

Freya Drohan

Dublin Zoo are celebrating a baby boom in the animal kingdom as they reveal that another healthy calf was born this week.

The newborn female arrived on Wednesday morning, weighing in at 68kg - the weight of an average human woman.

Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

The birth was “very calm and quick” and the new calf was standing within ten minutes, according to Paul O’Donoghue, Assistant Director at the Zoo.

“The calf’s mother, Bernhardine, is the oldest female and the matriarch of the herd,” he added.

Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014
Dublin Zoo today announced the arrival of a healthy female Asian elephant calf. © Patrick Bolger Photography 2014

She is the third newborn Asian elephant in ten weeks.

During the summer, Dublin Zoo became home to two other calves Kavi (born in July) and Ashoka (born in August).

Both baby elephants’ names were revealed to the public this week after a social media naming competition encouraged users to suggest Asian-inspired monikers for the mammals.

A naming competition will again be hosted on Dublin Zoo’s Facebook page to christen the newest member of the herd.

With the multiple births, Dublin Zoo, Dublin City Council, and sponsor of the Kaziranga Forest Trail, The Natural Confectionery Company, have been prompted to rename October “Month of the Elephant”.

“Month of the Elephant” will incorporate an ‘elephantastic’ themed calendar of events, workshops and talks suitable for all the family.

Saturday, 18th and Sunday, 19th October the celebration will spread to the streets of the city for a free treasure-hunt style “Elephant Trail” with face painting, arts and crafts, and more.

In the meantime, animal lovers can watch Bernhardine and the herd on the elephant webcam at www.dublinzoo.ie and see daily updates on the Zoo’s Facebook and Twitter.

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