Thai Princess names Danish elephant

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Yesterday, Copenhagen Zoo had a very special guest, as Her Royal Highness, Princes Maha Chakri Sirindhorn of Thailand paid a private visit to Denmark. During the visit, the director of Copenhagen Zoo, Steffen Stræde, gave Her Royal Highness a tour of the Zoo, and the Princess also named the new baby elephant.

The tour included a visit to the new polar bear facility – The Arctic Ring, where the Princes could enjoy the Arctic animals in their icy paradise. After that, the tour made their way to the elephants where the Princes named the two weeks old male elephant. After yesterday he is known as Khao Sok, named after the vast Khao Sok National Park in southern Thailand which is particularly known for its elephants.

The parents of little Khao Sok is the male elephant Chieng Mai and the female elephant which is called Kungrao. Both were gifts to the Copenhagen Zoo from the Thai Royal Family. Chieng Mai was donated in 1962 and has since 1970 fathered all 12 elephants born in the Zoo. The mother of little Khao Sok, Kungrao, came to Copenhagen in 2001. Khao Sok is her first born.

The Director of Copenhagen Zoo, Steffen Stræde, was exited about the royal visit.

“It is a great honour for Zoo that Her Royal Highness, Maha Chakri Sirindhorn has chosen to visit us. We owe the Thai Royal Family a great deal of gratitude that we could name Khao Sok today seeing as they have donated both his mother and father. It was even her Royal Highness who blessed Khao Sok’s mother, Kungrao before it was flown from Thailand in 2001. Therefore it also brings us great joy to show that the elephants are doing so well in their new quarters,” he said.

The Princess was only in Denmark for a short visit, and is currently on  a private visit to Norway.

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