Melbourne Zoo Elephant Dokkoon Gives Birth to New 130 kg Calf Days After Baby Elephant Sanook Died

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By Janice Somosot | December 9, 2013 1:54 PM EST

Melbourne Zoo elephant Dokkoon gave birth on Sunday, Dec. 8, 2013 at 2:40 am (AEDT) to a new 130kg male calf just days after its baby elephant Sanook died while playing with a toy tyre at the zoo on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2013.

Sanook, an 11-month-old baby elephant calf, got entangled on his favourite toy tyre and his death has saddened a lot of people, especially the Melbourne Zoo keepers. However, the mourning didn't last too long for the Melbourne staff because Dokkoon just gave birth to an adorable male calf.

According to ABC, Zoos Victoria released a statement about Melbourne Zoo elephant Dokkoon's giving birth to a new 130 kg calf just days after its baby elephant Sanook died.

"Both mum and baby are doing well and beginning to bond," the Zoos Victoria statement read in a report from ABC.

"After the tragic loss of Sanook on Wednesday, this is a bitter-sweet moment for our zoo family."

"Our keepers are now focused on returning the herd to normalcy and caring for the latest addition."

"In the coming days and weeks, the young calf will begin the introduction process to the rest of the herd."

Zookeeper Andrew Durham said in an interview with Nine MSN that the baby elephant is doing well within a few minutes of being born.

"The baby is doing fantastic. He was walking within ten minutes and he's running around within fifteen minutes, so he's doing really well," Durham said in the interview with Nine MSN.

Dokkoon's pregnancy reportedly lasted for 22 months. Meanwhile, the new baby elephant is the fourth Asian elephant to be born at the Melbourne Zoo.

"We have a new calf and he's absolutely beautiful," said Kevin Tanner, Melbourne Zoo's director in the interview with Nine MSN.

With regards to the name of the newest addition to Melbourne Zoo's elephant herd, Tanner said that it will take a while before it will be named because they need to look at its personality first and then they will describe it to their Thai contacts, who in turn, will change it to a Thai word that ends up being the elephant's name.

The news of Melbourne Zoo elephant Dokkoon giving birth to a new 130 kg calf just days after the baby elephant Sanook died has brought about rollercoaster emotions for people, particularly the Melbourne Zoo keepers and staff but hopefully, this new birth becomes a beacon of hope after a devastating tragedy.

Check out a video of the baby elephant calf by clicking HERE.



Melbourne Zoo Saddened by Sudden Death of Elephant Calf Sanook (Click HERE)

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