In town to perform at a celebration of HM the King’s 87th birthday, the Magnificent Thai Elephant Show received an unexpected new addition after a pregnant pachyderm delivered a baby bull.
Tonglian Meepan, manager of the Ayutthaya Elephant Camp, said he brought a number of elephants to perform in Pattaya, one of which was Oyjai, a 35-year-old pregnant cow approaching her due date.
Many people came to see the newborn, which was displayed under the watchful eye of Mother Oyjai.
Around midnight Dec. 6, Oyjai went into labor and gave birth to a young male. Despite the lateness of the hour, people heard the news and came to the multi-purpose area between Beach and 2nd roads near Soi 6 to see the baby bull.
Many said they thought it was auspicious that the elephant was born during an engagement for commemoration of His Majesty’s birthday.
Tonglian invited people to name the elephant. He said he prefers “Kochasuwan” or “Pattaya.”