Twycross Zoo: Adorable baby elephant has ventured out to meet the public for the first time

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A ten-day-old baby elephant born at Twycross Zoo has ventured out to meet the public for the first time.

The female calf, who is still to be named, arrived at the Midlands zoo on March 4 after a 22 month pregnancy for mother Noorjahan.

And today the rare Asian elephant was finding here feet among the zoo’s all-female herd as she made her first public appearance

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Dr Macdonald revealed the zoo is likely to run a competition inviting members of the public to suggest names for the little one.

Eighteen-year-old Noorjahan will certainly have enough on her plate, with the newborn suckling around 11 litres of milk every day for the next year.

Sarah Chapman, head of veterinary services, said: ‘We have a natural all female family herd at Twycross and so Noorjahan was artificially inseminated.

‘This birth was another herd birth at Twycross Zoo with the mother having access to different substrates and lots of space, with the rest of the herd close at hand for support.

 

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