A dose of sibling rivalry in the elephant enclosure will provide Melbourne Zoo visitors with extra entertainment during school holidays.
The zoo’s newest bundle of elephant joy has started wooing crowds – and it’s enough to make his older half-sister Mali jealous.
The 12-day-old Asian elephant has recovered well from a difficult birth and is now romping around the enclosure with the herd.
But Mali, who now weighs about 400kg, has been quick to let her 150kg half-brother know she’s boss of the babies. Melbourne Zoo elephant curator Jan Steele said the new elephant’s mother Kulab and his aunt Num-Oi were working hard to keep the babies on the straight and narrow.