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Youngest calf Pathi Harn spent the time after his bath today making sure that he added a nice dusting of dirt over all that clean skin. This is something all elephants do and often thought to add a nice protective barrier against sun and insects for the rest of the day.
Pathi Harn has now managed to get all four of his legs up and over the edge of his paddling pool and is enjoying splashing around and playing with his beach ball.
Taronga staff were greatly saddened today when it was confirmed that the Zoo’s expected second Asian Elephant calf has not survived a difficult labour.
Luk Chai has started exploring the lower elephant paddock at night with his Mum and aunties and making the most of the beautiful Sydney evenings.
Taronga Conservation Society Australia is delighted to congratulate Melbourne Zoo on the successful arrival of Australia’s second Asian Elephant calf overnight.
During the recent hot weather the elephant herd have been spending some extra time in their cool mud wallow.
Luk Chai continues to love his daily bath time, but given that he now weighs over 288 kilos he makes quite a splash!
Luk Chai’s father Gung loves to play with a hanging tyre. Gung tests out his balance regularly by poking his back leg in the middle of a suspended tyre and balancing on his other three legs.
Luk Chai’s now over five months old and he’s beginning to learn some elephant manners. We’re starting to teach him some basic words and now that he’s beginning to get a little more interested in the adults' food, he's more inclined to listen to what us keeper have to say.
Even before Luk Chai was born, auntie Tang Mo played an important role in preparing the mother-to-be, Thong Dee . When Thong Dee was in labour Tang Mo gave her a gentle rub on the back wiith her trunk to reassure and give her comfort. When Luk Chai arrived it took a little longer for the older elephants to get used to the newest member of the herd, but we’ve certainly noticed that they’ve now well and truly taken the boisterous young calf to heart as well as under their bellies.

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