Nong Nooch Tropical Garden celebrated the birth of its first elephant calf of 2014 with the arrival of a playful male Jan. 6.
Park Director Kampol Tansajja announced that 14-year-old cow Sarai had given birth to her first calf, which appeared healthy and was feeding normally. It was sired by 16-year-old bull Ning Nong.
The new elephant calf is a playful male born Jan. 6.
Kampol said Sarai is a very clever elephant, known for being cheerful, playful and good at painting, bowling, riding a tricycle and massaging.
Within a few hours, the calf was able to support itself to stand up and walk. It makes sounds, plays and drinks milk from its mother breasts.
Park officials are planning the official unveiling and naming ceremony.