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We took the calf for its third walk today. Mum Thong Dee decided to try climbing a hill and the calf tried to follow. He made a really good attempt but had a little stumble. Thong Dee turned straight back and continued on flat ground.
We introduced the calf to the matriarch of the herd Porntip. She was a little nervous as the calf walked up to check her out. The calf then met Pak Boon, another aunty, who was more confident about saying hello, but she too didn't quite know what to make of the new calf.
Thong Dee was happier about leaving the security of the barn with her calf at her side. Us keepers and Tang Mo helped Thong Dee walk the calf right down to the lower paddock. When we got there Thong Dee and Tang Mo ate some hay and the calf stayed close to the two girls.
This morning we introduced the calf to one of the aunties, Thong Dee’s best friend, Tang Mo. The introduction went really really well. Tang Mo is being very protective of the calf already.
We helped the calf go for his first walk outside this afternoon with mother Thong Dee and Aunty Tang Mo. He was very strong and kept up with mum and Tang Mo, but Thong Dee was reluctant to leave the security of the barn, so they were outside only very briefly. After that he went back into the warm barn were he is spending most of the time.
Mum and the baby are doing well. Thong Dee's maternal instincts are kicking in and she's being very protective of the newborn.
The little calf has just done a little backwards moonwalk exactly like his father, Gung does sometimes.We certainly know who his Dad is!
This afternoon the calf has got really use to suckling from Thong Dee. Once the calf got the hang of it he fed on and off for the rest of the day.
Thong Dee is treated to a warm bath at Taronga Zoo while keepers get ready for her impending birth.
We're still playing the waiting game here at the Elephant Barn, and while most things have remained the same with the rest of the herd we have noticed Thong Dee behaving a little differently.

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Update on three year old White Rhino Macheo
As part of a 10 year Centenary Master Plan upgrade, Taronga has submitted plans to build an Australian Habitat Exhibit (phase 1) which includes an overnight conservation experience called the Taronga Wildlife Retreat.
Taronga Zoo would not dissect animals for public display. Taronga’s first concern is always for the welfare and dignity of the remarkable animals in our care.
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.