Dublin Zoo is celebrating the birth of an Asian elephant calf.
Proud mum, Anak, gave birth to the healthy male calf on Saturday, February 10 after a 22-month gestation period.
Yes, 22 months!
The new arrival is Anak’s second calf and the seventh elephant calf born at Dublin Zoo in less than four years.
“We are delighted to welcome our new arrival to Dublin Zoo and happy to report the calf is healthy, strong and was standing within minutes of his birth,” said Gerry Creighton, Operations Manager at Dublin Zoo.
“It is fascinating to watch the younger females interact with the calf, as they are working together to protect him. Witnessing the sights and sounds of an elephant birth, is important to inexperienced females in the herd as it prepares them for motherhood.”
The newborn will join the herd of Asian elephants, including father Upali.