New baby elephant at Cheshire zoo

Nayan the baby elephant Elephant keepers and conservation staff named the calf Nayan, meaning eye in Hindi

An Asian elephant has been born at a Cheshire zoo.

The male calf was born at Chester Zoo on 18 July to mother Sithami, 13, and father Upali, 16.

Elephant keepers and staff from the zoo's Assam Haathi conservation project conservation project have named him Nayan, which means eye in Hindi.

The project, run by the zoo and Ecosystems-India, works to reduce conflict between people and elephants in North East India.

Nandita Hazarika, from the Assam Haathi Project, who was visiting from India at the time of the birth, said: "We are delighted to be involved in the naming of the Zoo's new elephant calf.

"We worked with the elephant keepers to find a Hindi name and think Nayan is a perfect choice."

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