It was an exciting week for Dublin Zoo.

The first elephant ever born in Ireland arrived in the wee hours of Monday morning.

Zookeepers watched Bernhardine give birth to her new daughter using infrared cameras (watch that video now).

The birth means that Ireland now has a breeding herd of elephants and this will play a part in ensuring the endangered animals survival.

Visitors to the zoo will be able to see the new Asian pachyderm in four weeks when a new enclosure is unveiled.