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Nov 17, 2010

Baby Elephant blessed by Brahmin Priest

Baby elephant blessed by Brahmin priest Unusual cultural event at Twycross Zoo - East Midland Zoological Society

Ganesh Vijay was the first Asian elephant calf to be born at Twycross Zoo, and was conceived by artificial insemination (AI).

He was formally named and blessed for good health during a traditional Hindu ceremony, which was carried out by a Brahmin (Hindu priest) on 21st October 2009 at 2.30 pm.

The blessing was led by Brahmin Shree Mahendra Pandya from Leicester, who named the baby elephant and prayed that he would bring happiness to the Zoo and its visitors. During the ceremony a red dot was placed on the head of the calf and a sweet was offered to Ganesh Vijay by the Brahmin.

The ten-week-old Asian elephant calf was named Ganesh by Nadhini and Ria, winners of the “name the baby elephant” competition run by Sabras Sound Radio in Leicester. His keepers chose his second name Vijay, which means victory.

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