In a heartwarming scene on a rural estate in Bedfordshire, a one-week-old Asian elephant calf took her very first steps, guided by her attentive mother.
The adorable moment unfolded at Woburn Safari Park near Milton Keynes, where the calf is the latest addition.
Watch the video at the end.
The newborn, measuring three feet tall and weighing more than most adults at 19 stone, began her walking journey shortly after being born.
Her doting mother, Damini, cautiously stayed by her side, offering gentle trunk touches and ensuring her safety.
The estate, owned by the Duke of Bedford, is home to seven elephants, including the calf’s parents, Damini and Raja.
These elephants, part of a rare Asian elephant species, spend a significant portion of their day grazing on trees and logs in the two paddocks at the park.
While the calf is yet to be named, a competition is underway at Woburn Safari Park, inviting visitors to suggest a name for the adorable newcomer.
The chosen name will be announced later this month, marking a significant event for the park and the conservation efforts to protect these endangered animals.
The birth of this precious elephant calf is a testament to the dedication of the elephant and veterinarian staff caring for Damini throughout her 22-month pregnancy.
The 15th Duke of Bedford, Andrew Russell, expressed his delight at the birth, emphasizing its importance for the ongoing conservation of these majestic creatures.
As the calf continues to bond with her mother and explore her surroundings, the heartwarming image of her first steps serves as a poignant reminder of the beauty and significance of new life in the animal kingdom.
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