Story By: Kathryn Quinn, Sub Editor: Joseph Golder, Agency: Central European News
Video Credit: CEN/ Zoo Vienna Andreas Buberl
This is the cute baby elephant – born at the world’s oldest zoo – which can be seen adorably following its mother around as it learns to walk.
The female elephant calf, which is yet to be named, was born at Vienna Zoo, said to be the world’s oldest zoo and located in the grounds of the famous Schoenbrunn Palace in the Austrian capital of Vienna.
Zoo Director Dagmar Schratter said: “It is a girl and all seems to be well. For elephant mum Numbi it is her third offspring.”
Pictures Credit: CEN/ Daniel Zupanc
In the video, the calf can be seen walking around its mother legs and appears to be slightly unsteady on its feet as it learns to walk with more confidence.
Zoo staff kept watch through the night for the pending elephant birth and in the early hours of Saturday morning the elephant was born measuring in at 90 centimetres ( three feet) and a proud 90 kilogrammes (198 lbs).
Schratter said: “The little elephant keeps trying to keep up with her mother and is walking close to her mother.
“The baby elephant is not yet on show to visitors as Numbi and her baby first have to get used to the new situation.”
Twenty-year-old Numbi came to Vienna in 2009 with her firstborn Kibo and in 2010 her second calf Tulubu was born.
Schratter said: “Numbi is a very experienced calm and very caring mother. The little elephant is drinking well.”
The elephant was part of a breeding programme and was bread using sperm from a wild elephant in the Phinda Reserve in South Africa.
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