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Another baby elephant born at Melbourne Zoo

Posted by: Ashleigh Brown | 17 January, 2013 - 8:20 AM
Melbourne Zoo elephant Num-Oi

After five long nights of labour, Asian Elephant Num-Oi has given birth to her first calf at Melbourne Zoo.

The mother was pregnant for 22 months and started going into labour at 8pm on Saturday night. But it wasn't until 2.50am this morning, when the male calf decided it was time to enter the world.

Melbourne Zoo's vets and staff spent those nights sleepless and weren't disappointed when a 131 kilogram male calf came into their lives. 


The new baby Elephant (Photo: Melbourne Zoo/Andy Durham)

Senior Veterinarian Dr Helen McCracken said within 35 minutes the boy had found his feet on its own which is five minutes faster than normal.

Dr McCracken said Num-Oi's labour was a long and slow process because she had stolen food from the other elephants, to help her calf grow and he became too big for her to push out.

The Zoo says it's very happy at how quickly the mother and calf have bonded, and depending on how hot it is, the baby boy could meet the public tomorrow.

Like Mali before him, a public competition will be held to give the calf a name.

Zoo Director Kevin Tanner says it could be a few weeks before his name is decided on, because they'll pick something that suits his personality and then have it translated into Thai.


The new baby Elephant (Photo: Melbourne Zoo/Andy Durham)


The new baby Elephant (Photo: Melbourne Zoo/Andy Durham)


The new baby Elephant (Photo: Melbourne Zoo/Erin Gardiner)



Blog comments Your Say

  • Traditional Thai name would be appropriate, anything else certainly will be a disgrace to the poor elephant...

    Martha Wednesday 20 February, 2013 - 8:16 AM
  • I would cal the new baby TONKA as you say he digs. He will be very strong just like the Tonka toys are.

    Valerie Thursday 31 January, 2013 - 10:01 AM
  • I would call the baby elephant LEN after the senior ver HeLEN McCracken

    Laura Tuesday 22 January, 2013 - 8:05 AM
  • Channel Ten called this story "Jumbo Joy." It's time to kick political correctness into the gutter and call the elephant Jumbo, Heffalump, Snorks, Shep or one of the many other traditional elephant names :P

    mylene Friday 18 January, 2013 - 10:56 AM
  • I Too congratulate the Melbourne Zoo on the new arrival.....
    However,its timely to think about the mass slaughter taking place in Africa every day of elephants for their tusks....Whole families machine gunned.......
    POACHING is more lucrative than the drug trade....
    Act now before the only place you will see an elephant is in a ZOO!

    David Thursday 17 January, 2013 - 9:34 PM
  • Yes Mylene; I agree with you we need to get away from those corny names like Sinbad>..

    Steve Thursday 17 January, 2013 - 7:37 PM

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