Funny moment: While swimming but forgetting the life buoy, the short-legged baby elephant was submerged by heavy flood water

Funny moment: While swimming but forgetting the life buoy, the short-legged baby elephant was submerged by heavy flood water

A baby elephant has taken his first dip at Melbourne Zoo and not even the freezing water could have stopped him.

The six-month-old Asian elephant calf, Man Jai, dived into the 4.5m pool alongside his big sister Mali on Monday.

It is the first time Man Jai has swum in the ‘deep pool’ with it previously being off limits to the calf.

 

Six-month-old Asian elephant calf, Man Jai, has taken his first dip at Melbourne Zoo despite the freezing temperatures

 

 

The baby elephant dived into the 4.5m pool alongside his big sister Mali on Monday. It is the first time Man Jai has swum in the ‘deep pool’ with it previously being off limits to the calf

Keepers say Man Jai showed a keen interest in swimming days after he was born but has only been allowed to use the elephant paddling pool.

The freezing temperatures failed to deter the elephants and they’re known for swimming regardless of the climate.

CCTV footage from the zoo last winter even showed them going for a dip in the middle of the night.

The manager of the elephant enclosure at Melbourne Zoo, Dominic Moss, said visitors could expect to see Man Jai swimming most days from now on.

 

Man Jai and Mali were joined by their mother Dokkoon and the other three adult females in the Trail of the Elephants enclosure at the zoo

 

Keepers say Man Jai showed a keen interest in swimming days after he was born but has only been allowed to use the elephant paddling pool

 

 

The freezing temperatures failed to deter Man Jai and Mali as the elephants are known for swimming regardless of the climate

 

 

Man Jai is the fourth elephant calf born at the zoo he still relies on his mother Dokkoon’s milk for his nutrition

Man Jai still relies on his mother Dokkoon’s milk for his nutrition but keepers say he is beginning to play with the food the others are eating.

The breeding program at the zoo is part of the regional endangered species breeding program for Asian Elephants after three young females arrived from Thailand at Avalon Airport in 2006.

 

Mali is showing a strong maternal instinct already and has been helping to watch over her rapidly-growing baby brother

 

The manager of the elephant enclosure at Melbourne Zoo, Dominic Moss, said visitors could expect to see Man Jai swimming most days from now on

 

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