Baby elephant Bao Ngoc - symbol of Vietnam - Germany friendship

Monday, 06/02/2023 16:15
Recently, the elephant herd in Leipzig Zoo in Germany officially welcomed a new member - Bao Ngoc. This is a baby elephant whose father and mother were both born in Vietnam and were given to Leipzig by Ho Chi Minh City in 1984 and 1985.
Baby elephant Bao Ngoc is one of the symbols of Vietnam - Germany friendship (Photo: VNA)

Vietnamese Ambassador to Germany Vu Quang Minh and his wife Nguyen Minh Hanh attended the naming ceremony and became the patrons of Bao Ngoc elephant.

Baby elephant Bao Ngoc was born on December 20, 2022. Leipzig Zoo held a naming ceremony for this smallest member. Bao Ngoc is the second calf in a herd of four elephants begun in 2002 with the birth of their father Voi Nam. Bao Ngoc and Akito, his younger sister expected to be born in the next few weeks, are the calves of elephant mothers from Asian countries.

More than 20 years ago, the birth of Voi Nam in 2002 was a big event, because after 66 years, since 1936, the elephant herd at Leipzig Zoo for the first time welcomed a new member. When he was born, Voi Nam weighed 120kg and was 95 centimeters tall.

After Bao Ngoc was born, Leipzig Zoo consulted elephant lovers to find a suitable name, in which special priority was given to names of Vietnamese origin.

With the help of Ms. Nguyen Thu Thuy, who represents the city's patrons and animal lovers, Ambassador Vu Quang Minh and the zoo's leader chose the final name Bao Ngoc, with the meaning of "precious gem", one of the most magical things.

Leipzig Zoo has the second largest scale in Europe, built in the 19th century, with a total area of 26.3 hectares. There are nearly 600 species of animals from all continents of the world. In addition to developing and conserving rare animals, Leipzig Zoo is also implementing projects to help Cuc Phuong and Cat Ba national parks in Vietnam take care of, maintain and conserve rare animal species./.

Compiled by BTA