Newborn elephant unveiled in Melbourne

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Melbourne Zoo announces its newest baby elephant, unveiling the calf to the public for the first time.

The Asian elephant calf, which has yet to be named, was on display Wednesday for the first time since its mother Dokkoon gave birth a week ago, surrounded by other females from the herd.

Zoo staff determined it was a female and gave her mother Dokkoon space and quiet time to bond before the calf was publicly unveiled.

The calf is the first to be born at Melbourne Zoo by natural conception, with first sire Luk Chai arriving from Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo in New South Wales in December 2020.

Zoos Victoria’s 350,000 members will name the new calf.

Melbourne Zoo’s Asian elephant herd is expecting two more calves early next year, and two more are nearing the end of their 22-month gestation period.

Simultaneous pregnancies mean that the calves will be raised by the whole herd.

Asian elephants are endangered and Zoos Victoria is part of a regional breeding program.

The entire zoo herd, including the calves, will move to the Werribee Open Range Zoo in 2024, following the completion of an $88 million expansion.

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