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.
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.
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.
Taronga Zoo’s young male elephant, Luk Chai, 5, had some dental work on his tusks today. Taronga’s Senior Veterinarian, Dr Larry Vogelnest, said some elephants including Luk Chai, have brittle tusks that are prone to cracking and infection.
Taronga's male elephant Luk Chai is being seen by an expert elephant dentist tomorrow to check out his teeth and tusks. Luk Chai has especially small brittle tusks which, through normal play he damages and has suffered recurrent infections.