DUBLIN Zoo is planning a Month of the Elephant later this year after a second Asian elephant calf was born in the space of six weeks.
First-time mum Anak completed her 22-month pregnancy when she welcomed the 70kg healthy male calf into the world on Tuesday.
The calf, which is yet to be named, will join Anak and dad Upali in the Kaziranga Forest Trail at the zoo in the Phoenix Park.
The zoo has four other elephants - Bernhardine, Asha, Yasmin and her new calf which was born last month and is also yet to be named.
Paul O'Donoghue, assistant director at the zoo, said: "It's amazing for us to be able to announce the birth of two Asian elephants in the space of six weeks.
"As a first-time mother, Anak has bonded very well with the calf, with the help of the family unit."
In honour of the new arrivals, Lord Mayor of Dublin Christy Burke declared October to be the Month of the Elephant with a host of family fun days, workshops and keeper talks planned at the zoo.
"The zoo is part of the fabric of Dublin life and has been a must-see for Dublin families since it opened in 1831," he said.
"I am delighted to be here today at the announcement of this second healthy bull calf and of course we wait expectantly for news of a third elephant arrival later in the autumn."
The new calf needs a name and the public have been invited to send their suggestions as part of a competition run by The Natural Confectionary Company.
There are an estimated 50,000 Asian elephants in the world, half the number recorded in 1900, according to the World Wide Fund for Nature.
Meanwhile, there are also celebrations at Fota Wildlife Park in Cork where a two-month-old giraffe named Clodagh joined the herd for the first time. The calf, born in June, sustained a broken leg during her delivery which, for giraffes just like horses, can prove a life-threatening injury.
However, Fota's animal welfare team with the support of Gilabbey Veterinary Clinic staff in Cork managed to place Clodagh's leg in a special cast. Six weeks later, the injury had healed to such a point that her eventual introduction to the Fota giraffe herd was assured.