2 elephant calves named at Nong Nooch

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Nong Nooch Tropical Garden added to its stable of elephants with the birth of two more calves.

Sattahip District Chief Phawat Lertmukda helped introduce the two female elephants born this month. Nine monks, led by Abbot Kasemkittisophon from Samak Heebanphod temple, recited the Chaiyamongkol incantation, sprinkled holy water and named the elephants Kaesorn and Mukhda.

Park director Kampol Thansajja said it has been a good year for elephant births. The two calves were born by two cows that had not had offspring in a long time: Wanphen, 27, and Phailin, 20. Both were mated with Plai Bird, 36.

Mother elephants keep a close eye on their calves during the naming ceremony.Mother elephants keep a close eye on their calves during the naming ceremony.

Park staff and 40 elephants attended the naming ceremony. Kasemkittisophon explained the names Kaesorn and Mukhda translated to, respectively, blue diamond and white diamond.