Zoo trumpets new baby elephant birth
Friday 21 August 2009
A tiny elephant standing just 3ft high is the latest addition to the herd at ZSL Whipsnade Zoo.
The pint-sized pachyderm was born to mum Kaylee, 27, weighing in at a healthy 126kg (almost 20st). Adult elephants can weigh over 800st.
The speedy nipper was on her feet within five minutes of being born, the quickest any calf born at the Zoo has been up and about.
She has already been enjoying the summer sunshine, taking her first wobbly steps outside, much to the delight of zoo visitors, at around 12 hours old – under the watchful eye of her keepers.
Sticking close to mum the as-yet-unnamed elephant spent her first few days getting to grips with her seven acre paddock and meeting the other seven elephants that make up the herd.
Zoological Director, David Field, said: "The safe birth of the Asian elephant calf is a tribute to the keeping staff at the elephant house who were monitoring Kaylee's condition constantly in the days leading up to the delivery.
“The female calf represents another important addition to our herd of these endangered and beautiful animals."