Newborn elephant takes wobbly first steps at zoo

The Indian elephant calf joins the largest herd in a European zoo at Pairi Daiza in Belgium.

This striking footage shows a newborn Indian elephant’s first tentative steps.

The female calf was born at Pairi Daiza, a zoo in Brugette in Belgium, at the weekend.

😍 Rhooolala, mais qui voilà ? ❤️❤️❤️Farina a donné naissance tôt ce matin à une merveilleuse petite éléphante. Toutes les deux se portent bien. Papa Po Chin aussi ;-)💗Quelle joie pour nous tous, vous et les équipes du parc ! Avec cette adorable petite née ce matin, le groupe d'éléphants de Pairi Daiza est constitué de 22 individus : 20 éléphants d’Asie et 2 d’Afrique. 🐘C'est la quatrième fois qu'un éléphant d'Asie nait en bonne santé à Pairi Daiza. Cette nouvelle venue est la troisième femelle sur les quatre. Un formidable espoir pour cette espèce qui est malheureusement en danger.📌Volg ons ook in het Nederlands op Pairi Daiza NL

Posted by Pairi Daiza on Saturday, June 8, 2019

Footage shows the youngster tentatively getting to her feet and attempting a few wobbly first steps, aided by her doting mother, Farina.

“She’s very, very strong,” said Rob Conachie, the zoo’s head of elephants. “She was up on her feet extremely quickly.”

The baby has been born into the largest elephant herd in a European zoo – she swells the ranks at Pairi Daiza to 22, of which 20 are Asian and two African.

A baby elephant born at Pairi Daiza
The calf was the second born at Pairi Daiza this year (Pairi Daiza/PA)

She is the second baby elephant born at the zoo so far this year and is already out and about with the rest of the herd.

“This is another step forward in protecting an endangered species,” said Mr Conachie.

“There are only 38,000 of these fantastic elephants left in the wild today so every one that we breed, especially females, are critically important.”

A baby elephant born at Pairi Daiza
She joins a herd which includes 20 Asian and two African elephants (Pairi Daiza/PA)

Pairi Daiza is helping with research to find cures for deadly diseases affecting populations, including elephant herpes.

Indian elephants are a subspecies of Asian elephants and have been listed as endangered since 1986.

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