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Taronga Blogs

Monday 10th August 2009
The calf has found a new game! We rolled an inflatable ball towards Luk Chai. After a few goes he got the hang of it and kicked the ball right back to us using his feet and trunk.Aunty Pak Boon was very interested in his new game. She kept an eye on us and wanted to have a go too, but she’s too big to play soccer with the calf just yet.
Sunday 9th August 2009
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.
Friday 7th August 2009
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!
Friday 7th August 2009
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.
Wednesday 5th August 2009
We weighed Luk Chai this afternoon and he’s now 132 kilos!
Friday 31st July 2009
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.
Thursday 30th July 2009
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.
Tuesday 28th July 2009
It’s been an exhilarating time. Thirty-three NAIDOC shows have been presented in the past month.
Monday 27th July 2009
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.
Sunday 26th July 2009
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.