Dublin Zoo names its newest elephant

Friday 25 April 2008 10.37
Meet Budi - This 'little' 260kg boy is the newest addition to Dublin Zoo's five elephant herd
Meet Budi - This 'little' 260kg boy is the newest addition to Dublin Zoo's five elephant herd

Dublin Zoo has officially named its new elephant calf Budi following a competition that attracted over 1,000 entries.

11-year-old Tallaght student Cian Cooke picked the Indonesian name, which means 'wise one', to reflect the elephant's Asian heritage.

Budi was born in February, just the second elephant born in Ireland.

His female cousin Asha was the first and was also named through a competition run by the zoo after she was born last year.

Budi has come a long way since the zoo's internal cameras captured his first steps (below).

Weighing just 90kg after his birth on 17 February, he is now a healthy 260kg.

Budi, the Dublin Zoo's baby elephant, in February 2008