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Chester Zoo celebrates World Elephant Day

Nandita, is the zoo's youngest elephant Credit: Chester Zoo

Today is World Elephant Day, and Chester Zoo has shared an adorable video of a baby elephant calf Nandita playing with its family.

World Elephant Day's purpose is to raise awareness about poaching and cruelty to elephants throughout the world.

Nandita, is the zoo's youngest elephant and was born one year ago to experienced mum Thi.

Elephants are intelligent and sociable animals who live together in family groups and usually led by the oldest female.

Chester Zoo also has a bull elephant, Aung Bo, who joined in 2012 and plays an important role in the conservation breeding programme.

Their most distinctive features is of course their long trunks which can be very powerful, but also very delicate when needed to forage for food.

Credit: Chester Zoo

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Zoo’s new piglets named after Harry Potter characters

Hedwig, Nagini and Aragog watched over by mum Tamzin. Credit: Chester Zoo.

Three tiny warthog piglets, named after Harry Potter characters, have made their debuts at Chester Zoo.

The piglets, which have been revealed as two girls and one boy, have been called Hedwig, Nagini and Aragog in tribute to some of the animals at the famous school of witchcraft and wizardry.

The trio arrived to mum Tamzin, 7, and 10-year-old dad Magnum on 9 June after a six month pregnancy.

Now, standing at only 20cm tall, the youngsters have taken their very first playful steps outside having spent a few weeks in their den bonding with mum.

“These three little youngsters will no doubt be causing mischief and keeping mum very busy over the next few weeks as they form those vital early bonds.

"This is Tamzin’s third litter and so she’s a very experienced mum and is doing a brilliant job of caring for her new arrivals.

“It’s great to see them all outside exploring for the first time – they’re a very confident bunch.”

– Kim Wood, assistant team manager
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