Baby elephant in paddling pool

Elephant calf splashing around

A baby elephant at a British zoo put on his trunks yesterday (AUG 13) to have a splash in a paddling pool with his mum.

Max, the youngest of the Asian elephants at Whipsnade Zoo in Dunstable, received a surprise treat when keepers brought a bright blue paddling pool into his enclosure.

Max, who is just ten months old, enjoyed the experience under the watchful eye of his 15-year-old mother Karishma.

Head elephant keeper Lee Sambrook said: “Bath time is one of Max’s favourite activities so we knew he’d love his own paddling pool to splash around in.”

After Max had finished playing in the pool, Karishma and a 32-year-old elephant called Mya proceeded to have a dip themselves.

Max was born in the zoo on October 12th 2013 measuring three feet tall and weighing in at a hefty 129.5kg.

His birth was filmed for the ITV series The Zoo. The episode featuring Max’s birth will be aired this Sunday (AUG 17).

Mr Sambrook said: “Having a film crew following us during Max’s first few months was an amazing opportunity to show the public how incredible our elephants are and why breeding and protecting this endangered species is so important.”

Elephant calf dip in padding pool
Elephant calf splashes in water
Elephant calf enters water

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