Oh baby! Sydney’s Taronga Zoo welcomes 130kg Asian elephant – just the fifth to be born in Australia in last decade

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Sydney’s Taronga Zoo has welcomed a baby Asian elephant who is only the fifth to be born in Australia in the past decade.

The calf weighed well above average weight, scaling in at a whopping 130kg – a number sure to make any mother’s toes curl.

Mother Pak Boon gave birth to the boy in what was described by zookeepers as routine 35-minute labor after a pregnancy that lasted nearly two years.

Taronga Zoo welcomed a healthy,and enormous baby elephant early on Friday morning, becoming just the fifth to be born in Australia in the past decade
Taronga Zoo welcomed a healthy, and enormous baby elephant early on Friday morning, becoming just the fifth to be born in Australia in the past decade

Her milk is rich in glucosamine and will help the newborn grow 2kg each day.

Elephants have the longest period of gestation in the animal kingdom.

Zookeeper Tim Bennett told News Corp the newborn was a ‘typical boy’ who has settled straight into his enclosure and already ‘gave his first trumpet when a duck walked past’.

‘He is pretty confident, although he still likes to hang out under his mum’s belly as his safety net.’

He shares a home with sister Tukta and auntie Tang Mo.

Father Gung is part of the Taronga elephant breeding program and has produced four calves between the Sydney and Dubbo establishments.

The calf weighed well above average weight, scaling in at a whopping 130kg, a number sure to make many mother's toes curl
The calf weighed well above average weight, scaling in at a whopping 130kg, a number sure to make any mother’s toes curl

Mother Pak Boon gave birth to the boy in what was described by zookeepers as a routine 35-minute labour after a pregnancy that lasted nearly two years
Mother Pak Boon gave birth to the boy in what was described by zookeepers as routine 35-minute labor after a pregnancy that lasted nearly two years

Yet-to-be-named calf is the fifth born in Australia in the past decade
The yet-to-be-named calf is the fifth born in Australia in the past decade

Elephants have the longest period of gestation in the animal kingdom
Elephants have the longest period of gestation in the animal kingdom

By: dailymail.co.uk

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