Melbourne Zoo's first ever baby elephant makes her public debut and enjoys her first swim. Zookeeper Erin tells us more about the calf's unique personality and the (as yet un-named) baby girl shows us why she is making such a splash already.
Melbourne Zoo's first Asian Elephant calf remains in the elephant barn with her mother Dokkoon. The birth was difficult and exhausting for Dokkoon who has spent the first week since her calf was born recovering. The calf is alert, active and playful, however, this is still a critical period for the newborn calf. Both mum and baby are still being monitored round the clock by Zoo staff.
At only 5 days old, Melbourne Zoo's latest addition is already frolicking in her enclosure, and while mother and calf are doing well, this remains a critical time for the baby. The pair will stay off-exhibit for a few days yet, but you can follow her development at the Zoo's Baby Elephant Blog.all photos by: David Caird
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The first baby elephant in Melbourne Zoo's 147-year history was born early yesterday to the delight of tired but ecstatic Zoo staff. After weeks of round the clock monitoring, and enormous anticipation, Asian Elephant Dokkoon became the first elephant in Australia to give birth to a female calf and also to deliver a baby conceived by artificial insemination.