Good things come in threes: baby elephant boom in Belgian zoo

MECHELEN, Belgium, April 11 (Reuters) - A Belgian zoo on Wednesday welcomed its third baby elephant of the past six months, delighting visitors and zookeepers alike.

The new arrival, an Asian elephant still without a name, was the first male born at Planckendael zoo this year.

"We got our third baby, three in a row, three healthy babies. You can't make an elephant zookeeper happier," said Ben Van Dyck who looks after the animals.

On his feet within fifteen minutes of his birth and now walking well, the newborn is perfectly healthy, the zoo said.

He became the tenth member of the elephant family at a zoo whose breeding program aims to help repopulate the endangered species.

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A newborn Asian elephant is pictured on the first day of a public appearance at the Planckendael Zoo in Mechelen, Belgium April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
A one-week-old baby bonobo clings to its mother at Planckendael zoo in Mechelen, Belgium August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
Sassafras, a newborn Koala is pictured with its mother Alinga at the Planckendael Zoo in Mechelen, Belgium April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A newborn Asian elephant is pictured with its mother Phyo Phyo on the first day of a public appearance at the Planckendael Zoo in Mechelen, Belgium April 11, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
An Asian lion yawns at the Planckendael Zoo in Mechelen, Belgium March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
Qabid, a three-month old Indian rhinoceros, stays next to his mother Karamat at the Planckendael Park in Mechelen, Belgium March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A baby giraffe stands near his mother "Diamant" in their enclosure at Planckendael's zoo near Mechelen August 1, 2011. The male baby giraffe was born on July 31, 2011. Picture taken through a window. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
A one-week-old baby bonobo clings to its mother at Planckendael zoo in Mechelen, Belgium August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY
Two Asian lion cubs, born on January 25, 2016, stand behind their mother Lorena while being presented to the public at the Planckendael Park in Mechelen, Belgium March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A giraffe calf is pictured among others members of the herd in their enclosure at Planckendael's zoo near Mechelen, Belgium, October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
An Asian lion cubs, born on January 25, 2016, walks next to his mother Lorena while being presented to the public at the Planckendael Park in Mechelen, Belgium March 30, 2016. REUTERS/Yves Herman
A one-month-old zebra stands next to its mother in their enclosure at Planckendael's zoo near Mechelen August 20, 2013. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: ANIMALS)
Flamingos are seen in their enclosure at Planckendael's zoo near Mechelen August 1, 2011. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir (BELGIUM - Tags: ANIMALS SOCIETY)
A boy watches a cheetah walking in his enclosure at Planckendael's zoo near Mechelen, Belgium, October 10, 2015. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
A newly born Chilean flamingo is seen next to its mother at Planckendael zoo in Mechelen, Belgium August 9, 2017. REUTERS/Francois Lenoir
An Asian lion is yawning at the Planckendael Zoo in Mechelen, Belgium March 9, 2018. REUTERS/Yves Herman
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(Reporting by Samantha Koester in Brussels Editing by Robin Pomeroy)

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