Zoo trumpets fifth baby elephant success

Hannover Zoo is celebrating a new addition to its elephant enclosure - the four-day-old baby elephant is the fifth to be born there over the past 15 months.

Zoo trumpets fifth baby elephant success

The as yet unnamed baby took her first a walk outside with her mother Califa on Thursday – much to the delight of gathered photographers.

The birth, which went smoothly on Monday, means Hannover zoo now boasts the biggest elephant nursery in the whole of Europe, said keepers.

"As soon as we saw a bump bulging at the elephant's rear we went to take a look. A moment later the baby was already lying in the straw," said elephant keeper Jürgen Kruse.

The newborn has four half-brothers and sisters aged between 3 and 15 months, and three more aged 4 years old. They all share the same father, elephant bull Nikolai.

Click here for more pictures of Hannover's newborn elephant

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