A female Asian elephant calf has been born at Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Safari Park in Gazipur.
The calf was born to mother Mukti Rani and father Shell Bahadur at 10:50pm on Sunday. It is the first elephant to be born in captivity in the recorded history of Bangladesh.
The calf will join the herd of four female and two male elephants being kept at the park since 2013.
The safari park's Veterinary Surgeon Dr Nizam Uddin Chowdhury said both the mother and the baby appeared to be in good health.
It was the 22nd month into her gestation, and the 40-year-old female elephant was separated from the others of the herd just two days ago. The baby elephant will feed on the mother's milk for the next three-and-a-half to four years.
Dr Nizam also noted that both the mother and the baby will be kept under special care for the next six months.
Asian elephants are found in isolated groups in Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Cambodia, China, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam, according to the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN).
The animal is listed as ‘endangered’ in the IUCN Red List of Threatened Species.