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Zoo welcomes elephantine arrival
The baby Asian elephant was born following a 23-month pregnancy
Zookeepers are celebrating the birth of their latest addition - after waiting 23 months for its arrival.

A baby male elephant was born at Chester Zoo on Sunday morning weighing just under 100kg (15st 10lbs).

The Asian calf is about a metre tall and brings the total number of elephants at the zoo to ten.

His arrival means the zoo now boasts three generations of elephant but despite the long pregnancy, the youngster has yet to be given a name.

Mick Jones, Chester Zoo's Elephant team leader, said: "It's a long wait so we are very excited to finally meet our new addition.

"He is settling in well and the females of the herd are taking great care of him."

Medical experts from the Countess of Chester Hospital were able to predict the baby elephant's birth by monitoring his mother's hormone levels.

He is the third elephant calf to be born at the zoo in two years.

The elephant is on view inside the newly-built enclosure - which was opened in July - but is not yet allowed outside.

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