Saturday 18 November 2017

Video: You’re not the only one! Dublin Zoo’s bull elephant will be spending this Valentine’s night on his own too

Patricia Murphy

Patricia Murphy

Those who are dreading a Valentine’s night on their lonesome should garner some inspiration from Dublin zoo’s bull elephant who is delighted to have it that way.

Skipping out on all the dramatics of the night, the bull will spend the morning with the zoo’s other females before retiring for the whole night on his own.

“Animals that we would perceive as loners would be the bull elephant for example. In the wild he would spend quite a lot of his time on his own, which is replicated in the zoo,” said zookeeper Brendan Walsh.

“Here he spends about four hours a day with the others including his two sons and daughters but he is delighted to say farewell come three o’clock. Then he’s got the rest of the night then to spend on his own but this happens in the wild too and we try to replicate that.”

Heartbreak is not an experience exclusive to humans either, and elephants in particular feel huge levels of grief when death occurs.

“Elephants are very much a social animal and they are a species that mourns the death or loss of another.

“When an elephant dies, hopefully not for many decades, we have decided that we will leave the animal there for two or three days to allow the others to mourn,” he said.

Those interested partaking in something a little bit different this Valentine’s Day weekend might be interested in the zoo’s romantic morning being held on February 15.

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