Night Safari's baby elephant given a love-ly name - Neha - which means love in Hindi

The newest addition to Night Safari's elephant herd, a five-month-old Asian elephant, has been named Neha. The name means love in Hindi.
The newest addition to Night Safari's elephant herd, a five-month-old Asian elephant, has been named Neha. The name means love in Hindi.PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE
Neha, Night Safari's five-month-old Asian elephant, plays with her favourite "auntie" Tun.
Neha, Night Safari's five-month-old Asian elephant, plays with her favourite "auntie" Tun.PHOTO: WILDLIFE RESERVES SINGAPORE

SINGAPORE - The Night Safari's largest baby of the year has been given a name.

Neha, which means love in Hindi, has been chosen as the name of the park's five-month-old Asian elephant, Wildlife Reserves Singapore said on Thursday (Oct 6).

Neha, born on May 12, is the youngest of six Asian elephants - two males and four females - which call Night Safari home.

The baby elephant, which loves to take mud baths in her exhibit, has recently been experimenting with solid food such as bananas.

She has been steadily gaining about a couple of kilograms a day - which is normal for an elephant -and now weighs 352kg, more than double her weight at birth.

Her human carers describe her as "an exceedingly playful and carefree elephant".

Asian elephants are endangered and there are only an estimated 40,000 to 50,000 of them left in the wild today.

Threats include habitat loss and human-elephant conflicts. For example, the native homes of the Asian elephants are often logged and cleared for urban and agricultural development.