The Young Elephant’s Forgetful Swim: A Tale of Survival in the Floodwaters

Man Jai, the six-month-old Asian elephant calf, took the plunge into the 4.5m pool with his older sister Mali on Monday. This was Man Jai’s first time swimming in the ‘deep pool’, as it had been forbidden to the calf until now.

Man Jai, a six-month-old baby Asian elephant, bravely went for a swim at Melbourne Zoo for the first time, even though the weather was icy cold.

Man Jai had his first exciting dive into the deep pool with his big sister Mali, creating a splash that echoed through the enclosure! Despite only being allowed to use the elephant paddling pool until now, Man Jai has shown a strong interest in swimming from the early days of his life. Even the freezing temperatures couldn’t stop these elephants from taking a refreshing swim, as they are known for their love of swimming no matter the weather. In fact, CCTV footage from the zoo captured them sneaking in for a nighttime swim during the winter months. Dominic Moss, the manager of the elephant enclosure at Melbourne Zoo, shared that visitors can now expect to see Man Jai enjoying his swimming sessions on most days.

Man Jai and Mali were accompanied by their mother Dokkoon and three other adult female elephants in the Trail of the Elephants exhibit at the zoo.

Caregivers have noted that Man Jai displayed a strong enthusiasm for swimming shortly after he was born. However, he has been restricted to using only the elephant paddling pool for his aquatic activities.

The chilly weather didn’t stop Man Jai and Mali from taking a dip in the water, as elephants are known for their love of swimming no matter the temperature.

Man Jai is the newest addition to the zoo, being the fourth elephant calf to be born there. He is currently enjoying his mother Dokkoon’s milk for his nutrition, but keepers have noticed that he is starting to show interest in the food that the other elephants are eating. The zoo’s breeding program is a crucial part of the regional endangered species breeding program for Asian Elephants, which started back in 2006 when three young female elephants arrived from Thailand at Avalon Airport.

Mali is already displaying a strong motherly instinct by assisting in keeping an eye on her quickly developing baby sibling.

Dominic Moss, the manager of the elephant habitat at Melbourne Zoo, mentioned that visitors will likely catch a glimpse of Man Jai enjoying a swim on a regular basis.

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