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As the weather sits at a warm 30 degrees in Dubbo, Bakhita and her five week old calf have been cooling off with a roll in the mud wallow in their off display exhibit. Whilst at first the calf only wanted to walk through the mud and splash about, after seeing mum take a roll in the wallow, she to thought it would be a good thing to do.After a good five minutes of frolicking in the mud with mum the little calf decided it was time for a well earned rest, plonking herself down by mum for a little morning snooze.
Taronga Western Plains Zoo has welcomed the arrival of a female calf born in the early hours of Wednesday 17 February 2010 to first-time mother Bakhita.
In October 2009 Taronga Western Plains Zoo welcomed four rare Cheetah cubs which are now out on exhibit for visitors to see. Two of the cubs have been identified as the rare King Cheetah, which is a colour variation of Cheetah.
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Porntip and Pak Boon took a walk around the elephant paddock this morning with us Keepers. We were quite surprised as the calf decided to be the leader, rather than following alongside mum. He was right out in front of them and was pretty confident.
The young calf has been busy playing with Luk Chai in the top paddock. They push each other about and have a playful wrestle.
The calf, mother Porntip and Pak Boon just went for a dip in the bottom paddock’s shallow pool. The little calf walked right in and was excited to be shoulder deep in water.
For the first time yesterday the new calf got to properly meet the other two aunts and eight month old Luk Chai. The six of them hung out in the paddock together and Luk Chai was very excited and interested.
Today the calf got to spend a few hours with his mother’s closest elephant friend Pak Boon. Pak Boon is very curious about the calf. She follows him about and watches him closely. Every now and then she touches him gently with her trunk.
We’re really pleased with the calf’s progress overnight.He is looking stronger and following his mum, Porntip, everywhere. He’s walking unassisted and suckling a lot from Porntip.

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Taronga’s commitment to all animals in its care includes the provision of a stimulating and rich environment full of challenges and activities.
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