May Tagu was pregnant for a total of 605 days. The birth in the Planckendael Animal Park, near Mechelen (Antwerp province) went well.
However, May Tagu’s inexperience as a mother was an issue. The new addition appears to have been accepted by the rest of the herd, but May Tagu doesn’t want the other members of the herd to approach it and pushes her baby when he tries to stand up. This means that he is unable to drink.
Planckendael says that it is important that the elephant calf is able to drink today. Baby Q is being constantly monitored by vets and Planckendael’s team of elephant keepers.
The elephant enclosure at Planckendael is closed to today to visitors and the press. A spokesman for the animal park told the VRT that “Peace and quiet is now very important for the elephant family”.