Baby animals of all species are cute. Their adorable features and tiny sizes will melt your heart immediately. Recently, an Asian baby elephant stole the spotlight at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo in the UK.
Asian elephants are endangered as per the IUCN Red List of threatened species. However, conservation organizations from many countries are putting in a lot of effort to save these adorable creatures. The baby elephant, Nang Phaya, her mom Donna, grandma Kaylee, and the rest of the herd members belong to the endangered species.
The playful baby is named Nang Phaya, after the Thai word for ‘queen.’ It was in honor of HM Queen Elizabeth II. She had fed the baby elephant’s mom, Donna, with bananas during one of her visits to the zoo. Visitors of the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo see the three-month-old Asian baby elephant with her mom, herd members, and the other 10,000 animal residents.
The zoo’s team leader, Stefan Groeneveld, said that zoo keepers want Phaya’s first Christmas experience to be fit for a queen. Thus, they decided to treat the baby elephant with a 20-foot-high forest of Christmas trees (donated by The Christmas Tree Place, Berkhamsted). The elephants love exploring, snacking, and playing around the trees. Phaya, her mom, grandma, and the other members joined her in the festive fun.
Phaya and her family love the surprise treat. The baby elephant used to approach the trees carefully at first. However, soon she followed her mom and other herd members in treating herself to prickly branches under her feet. She used her trunk skillfully to pick the branches.
Exploring the winter wonderland helped Nang Phaya get some extra practice using her trunk. Baby elephants learn this skill of foraging over time. Hence, this is an excellent opportunity for her to develop this life hack.
The energetic and curious calf loves to play around the giant Christmas trees. But it’s not just the elephants and other animals enjoying the holiday season at the ZSL Whipsnade Zoo. Families also look forward to a magical day exploring wildlife during Christmas.