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Porntip - 'Gift from Heaven'
Name: Porntip - 'Gift from Heaven'
Location: Taronga Western Plains Zoo, Dubbo
Porntip originally came from an elephant camp on the outskirts of Pattaya in southern Thailand. She works well with keepers, enjoying the interaction, and is calm and social with the other elephants.
She has a laidback and easygoing personality and gets on very well with all the elephants and keepers alike. She enjoys a lot of attention and can get quite jealous of other elephants getting attention if she is not included.
On the 10th March 2010 after a long and protracted labour that lasted over a week, Porntip gave birth to her first calf, the young male Pathi Harn. She has very strong maternal instincts and is a very good mother.
Porntip has a high arched back, a trunk with a large amount of pink pigmentation and round pink pigment patches on her cheeks. She has a significant amount of hair on the top of her head and has no tushes (female tusks).
Porntip along with her calf Pathi Harn relocated to the new custom-built elephant facility at Taronga Western Plains Zoo in Dubbo in April 2015 as part of the expansion of the regional breeding program for Asian Elephants.