Sydney zoo celebrates birth of Asian elephant

Sydney's premier zoo is celebrating the birth of its first female Asian elephant — a 270 pound (120 kilogram) calf that is doing well.

In this image provided by Taronga Zoo an unnamed female baby elephant stands under her mother, Pak Boon, after the birth of the infant early Tuesday, Nov. 2, 2010, at Taronga Zoo in Sydney

Taronga Zoo director Cameron Kerr said in a statement that the birth Tuesday means that Australia now has a dozen of the endangered animals in zoos in Sydney and Melbourne, after initially receiving eight from Thailand in 2006.

The newborn, which has yet to be named, is the third born in the Sydney zoo and the first female.

The zoo says the calf was suckling within two hours of birth and walking unassisted within three hours.

source AFP

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