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A baby elephant boom as Belgian zoo welcomes third calf in six months

The healthy newborn was on his feet within 15 minutes of birth and soon walking well, the Planckendael zoo said.

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 3:34am
UPDATED : Thursday, 12 April, 2018, 6:15am

A Belgian zoo on Wednesday welcomed its third baby elephant within just six months, delighting visitors and zookeepers alike.

The new arrival, an Asian elephant still without a name, was the first male born at the Planckendael zoo this year.

“We got our third baby, three in a row, three healthy babies. You can’t make an elephant zookeeper happier,” said Ben Van Dyck, who looks after the animals.

On his feet within 15 minutes of birth and now walking well, the newborn is perfectly healthy, the zoo said.

He became the 10th member of the elephant family at a zoo whose breeding programme aims to help repopulate the endangered species.