Whipsnade's new arrival is a whopper

Asian elephant calf makes her public bow

Introducing Whipsnade Wild Animal Park's loveable new arrival.

The newborn Asian elephant calf made her first public appearance this week, and proved she's a natural in front of the camera.

Born on March 16 to 22-year-old mother Kaylee, the calf came crashing into the world weighing a whopping 149kg and was standing on her own four feet within ten minutes. She's a real character, calling loudly to mum when she's hungry and playing around with her doting aunt Lucha.

After enduring a pregnancy of 21 months and a labour of three hours, Kaylee is proving to be a top mum, keeping a protective eye on her lively youngster as she meets the rest of the female elephants at Whipsnade.

The newborn calf, who is yet to be named, will be an important addition to the international breeding programme for this endangered species.