CHESTER Zoo's latest miracle has arrived - a four-day old elephant calf.
Born just before 9pm on Sunday evening, the 95kg female, who will be given an Asian name - brings the number of Asian elephants at the zoo to 10.
When fully grown, the baby could reach a massive four tonnes. She is the first calf for mother Sithami, who had a normal labour.
In turn Sithami is being greatly assisted by her own mother Thi-hi-way - the new calf's grandmother - who has taken charge of the calf, supporting it and suckling it.
This bond is all the more special as, sadly, Thi gave birth to a stillborn calf days before Sithami gave birth.
But all three are doing well and the elephant house is open so visitors can see the new arrival.
Mark Pilgrim, chief curator, said: "Every elephant birth is a cause for celebration and this is particularly special as she is the first second generation elephant born here at Chester. She is incredibly important as females remain in their birth group for life and therefore she is an important part of the future of elephants at Chester Zoo."