Mr Shuffles no longer, Taronga’s baby elephant has been christened Pathi Harn – Thai for ‘miracle’
Taronga Zoo’s new baby elephant is no longer called Mr Shuffles – he has officially been named Pathi Harn, the Thai for ‘miracle’.
The name reflects the fact that he was born alive on March 10 after experts mistakenly assumed he had died in his mother’s womb.
He was nicknamed Mr Shuffles by zoo staff because his early walking attempts resembled the shuffle of an elderly man.
At a naming ceremony at the zoo, NSW Environment Minister Frank Sartor conceded the nickname would probably stick with him.
“Pathi Harn will of course be the name that will replace Mr Shuffles which I suppose will remain the nickname,” he said.
A spokesman for the zoo says the calf is in high spirits, describing him as a “real rascal”.Share
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