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Your morning adorable: Asian elephant calf makes her debut at Australia's Melbourne Zoo

February 10, 2010 | 12:00 pm

Melbourne Zoo's new Asian elephant - named Baby for the time being

Australia's Melbourne Zoo welcomed a female Asian elephant calf on Jan. 16, and the baby -- who doesn't have an official name yet, but goes by the somewhat-uncreative-if-you-ask-us nickname "Baby" -- recently made her public debut.

For her first few weeks of life, zoo staff elected to keep her out of the public eye in order to maximize her bonding time with mother Dokkoon. That seems to have been a success, zoo spokesperson Judith Henke told Australia's Herald Sun. "She is progressing really well, so it's been decided to start the public viewing," Henke said.

Baby is the first elephant calf to be born at the Melbourne Zoo and only the second to be born in an Australian zoo, the first being Luk Chai, a male calf born at the Taronga Zoo last summer. More photos after the jump!

Melbourne Zoo's new Asian elephant - named Baby for the time being

Melbourne Zoo's new Asian elephant - named Baby for the time being

Melbourne Zoo's new Asian elephant - named Baby for the time being

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First, second and third photos: Baby plays at the zoo on Feb. 10. Credit: William West / AFP/Getty Images

Fourth photo: Baby with her mother and another adult elephant during her first public outing Feb. 9. Credit: European Pressphoto Agency

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