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Elephant Blog

Friday 12th March 2010
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.
Thursday 11th March 2010
Today we weighed the calf with Porntip's help . The mother and calf hopped up onto the scales together and we then encouraged Porntip off so we could get a reading on his weight – 116 kilos! We knew he was a stocky little calf, but that’s an extra 20 kilos on Luk Chai’s birth weight.
Thursday 11th March 2010
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.
Friday 26th February 2010
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.
Thursday 14th January 2010
During the recent hot weather the elephant herd have been spending some extra time in their cool mud wallow.
Tuesday 5th January 2010
Luk Chai continues to love his daily bath time, but given that he now weighs over 288 kilos he makes quite a splash!
Tuesday 1st December 2009
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.
Friday 27th November 2009
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.
Monday 16th November 2009
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.
Monday 9th November 2009
In the mornings we take the girls for a walk around the paddocks to keep them fit and active. They link together like a chain, head to tail.