At around 3:00 this morning, Prague Zoo welcomed their newest addition – the first elephant to be conceived and born at the Zoo’s in its 80-year history (three-year-old female Sita, who was conceived in Rotterdam, became the first elephant born in Prague Zoo in February, 2013)
Zoo director Miroslav Bobek posted the first images of the newborn male – taken just an hour after birth – on social media this morning.
The baby came in at 104 kg.
“The battle has not been won just yet, and I do not want to jinx it,” the director wrote on Facebook, “but these are some of the strongest moments that I have experienced at the zoo.”
The baby’s mother is Janita, who came to the zoo with another female from Sri Lanka back in 2012.
Via Facebook, Bobek thanked Miloslav Stašek, Czech ambassador to Sri Lanka, for his assistance in acquiring the elephants, and the Zoo’s elephant team led by Pavel Brandl and Jiří Javůrek.
More news on the baby elephant’s progress is promised to follow.