He’s not even a month old but Melbourne’s newest baby elephant has big shoes to fill if he’s to live up to his name.

The calf was named Ongard last week – a Thai moniker meaning brave, bold, audacious and powerful.

The name was chosen through a public vote of 8000 people from five options. Each was Thai, reflecting Ongard’s parentage.

Ongard is the first ever male elephant calf born at the Melbourne Zoo and follows his half sister Mali, born in January, as only the second baby elephant born at the zoo.Environment Minister Gavin Jennings announced the winning name at Melbourne Zoo’s Trail of the Elephants exhibit.

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