Wise one Cian, 11, wins right to name baby elephant ‘Budi’

AN 11-year-old boy has come up with an exotic and apt name for Dublin Zoo’s two-month-old Asian elephant.

Cian Cooke, from Tallaght, suggested Budi, meaning “wise one” in Indonesian, for the newborn animal after searching on the internet for a name.

The two-month-old bull elephant was officially named yesterday after an online competition which more than 1,000 people entered.

Cian ran the idea past his older, and somewhat wiser father, Sean, before entering it in a competition.

“My dad and I thought it was a good name as an elephant never forgets, so he would definitely be a ‘wise one’,” the youngster said.

“I found the name on the internet, it was a short name and it was easy to remember the name as it was just one word.”

Dublin Zoo said he was the only person to suggest the clever name.

Baby Budi weighed in at about 80kg (176lb) when born on February 17 and in just two months he has trebled in size and is now a hefty 260kg.

The hunt for a name began a few days after Budi was born in February.

Paul O’Donoghue, assistant to the director of Dublin Zoo, said Budi was a perfect choice.

“We were delighted with such a great response to the competition with over 1,000 entries received” said Mr O’Donoghue.

“It was clear that there was a lot of effort made to help us find a name for the calf and we are thrilled that we have finally landed on the perfect name for him.

“All the keepers agree that the name Budi really suits him and it has as much relevance to his Asian roots.”

Budi has spent the last two months getting used to his surroundings in the Kaziranga Forest Trail, along with his mother Yasmin, 18, and other elephants Bernhardhine, 24, Anak, 4, and 11-month-old Asha.

Cian and his family have won a VIP day in Dublin Zoo and an annual pass.

Visitors to Dublin Zoo can see the five elephants in the Kaziranga Forest Trail.

* www.dublinzoo.ie

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