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Now that Luk Chai and conquered climbing rocks, logs and a tyre, today he tried the biggest mountain of all. Mum and Tang Mo were lying on their dirt mound in the paddock and he thought it would be great fun to clamber over them.Tang Mo loved the attention. She helped him climb right over using her trunk and the calf came off her back like a slippery dip. Once he was back on the dirt mound he rushed back around to her belly to start all over again.
Luk Chai has been playing grown-ups again.During the play session, mum was tugging a huge log with her trunk and Luk Chai decided he’d have a go too.He’s been watching the other elephants push the logs around. Luk Chai tried to push the log with his trunk and feet, but of course it didn’t budge!
This was a very exciting week for us! Leslie, our beautiful Andean Condor, went for a huge fly above the bird show amphitheatre ‘wowing’ our visitors.
We weighed Luk Chai this afternoon and he’s now 132 kilos!
I just stroked Luk Chai on his back to say hello and noticed he’s a little prickly! He’s loves spending time underneath mum and the auntie’s bellies. He’s there so often that he’s lost a few baby hairs from rubbing his back across their tummies.
The next chapter of Taronga Zoo’s involvement in helping save the Tasmanian Devil is here. We’ve just opened a state-of-the-art centre to breed Tasmanian Devils and show zoo visitors the plight of this endangered species.
It’s been an exhilarating time. Thirty-three NAIDOC shows have been presented in the past month.
Thong Dee’s little calf has a name! We’ve named him “Luk Chai”.After going through over 30,000 entires that you all put forward in the naming competition, us keepers decided to go with “Luk Chai”. It’s pronounced Look- Chai.
The first elephant calf born in Australia has been officially named today, with Premier Nathan Rees revealing the young Asian elephant would be called ‘Luk Chai’.
The calf’s been busy climbing again and has mastered the art of getting over the rocks in the paddock. He’d been practicing last week and now he's got the hang of climbing over them.

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