A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

A baby elephant meets the Okinawan public

The baby elephant snuggles up to her mother Ryuka at the Okinawa Zoo and Museum in Goya, Okinawa City on March 11.

April 12, 2015 Ryukyu Shimpo

Visitors to Okinawa Zoo and Museum got their first chance to meet a new baby Indian elephant on April 11. About 500 people turned up to catch a glimpse of the female calf and her mother Ryuka. The baby spent much of her time in the spotlight snuggling up to her mother, to the delight of the spectators. “She’s cute” said one, while another remarked, “She is so small.”

The zoo is inviting suggestions for the baby elephant’s name. The closing date is May 10, two weeks before the naming ceremony on May 24. In the meantime the public have the chance to see the elephants between 11am and 3pm every day.

One of the zoo staff Kai Nakama, says the baby elephant has taken to “playing soccer” with a cardboard box. He said she also responds to sound and added, “She looked surprised by the number of people who gathered here today to see her.”

Five-year-old Miryu Meshiro who was visiting the zoo on an excursion said, “She is cute. I want her name to be Rimi or Tampopo (dandelion).”

(English translation by T&CT)

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