Bala baby elephant

Reporter:

Helen Davies

THIS cute baby elephant has the same name as a Gwynedd town.

Chester Zoo’s newest arrival has been named Bala Hi Way following a public vote.

The zoo teamed up with BBC Earth Unplugged to run a naming poll via social media with Bala, meaning ‘a girl’ in Hindi, the overwhelming favourite.

From a shortlist of names chosen by the zoo’s keepers, Bala pulled in 55per cent of the vote, Danti 20per cent, Nandita 15per cent and Nanda 10per cent.

All of the family members in the herd – spanning four generations – have the surname Hi Way.

Bala was the second Asian elephant calf to be born at the zoo in the space of just eight weeks when she arrived at 11pm on Jan 21 to mum Sithami.

Chester Zoo is part of a breeding program coordinated by the European Association of Zoos and Aquariums (EAZA) that is focused on sustaining the elephant population in Europe.

See full story in the Free Press

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