The youngest member of ZSL Whipsnade Zoo’s herd of elephants received a surprise treat this week, as baby elephant Max got to splash around in his first ever paddling pool.
Recent warm weather prompted the Zoo’s elephant keepers to splash out on a big, brightly coloured paddling pool for young Max so he could join in with the summer fun.
Baby Asian elephant Max’s birth last October was filmed for documentary ‘The Zoo’ which airs today. The ITV series, which aims to give viewers behind-the-scenes insights into the lives of the Zoo’s animals and keepers, also captured Max’s early stages of development.
Head Elephant Keeper Lee Sambrook says: “Bath time is one of Max’s favourite activities so we knew he’d love his own paddling pool to splash around in.
“Having a film crew following us during Max’s first few months was an amazing opportunity to show the public how incredible our elephants are and why breeding and protecting this endangered species is so important.”
The second episode of ITV’s ‘The Zoo’, which features baby Max’s birth, airs tonight at 8pm.