It’s time to say a big hello to Jumbo (junior)

Baby elephant Scott takes his first walk around Whipsnade Zoo with the herd.
Baby elephant Scott takes his first walk around Whipsnade Zoo with the herd.

THE youngest member of Whipsnade Zoo’s elephant put his best foot forward as he took part in his first official walkabout.

Pint sized pachyderm Scott joined in the daily adventure, which includes a 2.5 mile tramp walk around the zoo’s grounds.

The jumbo walkabout is a rite of passage for young elephants and saw four-month-old Scott follow in the footsteps of older siblings, George and Donna.

Assistant curator of elephants Lee Sambrook said: “Scott is doing really well, he’s very healthy. He follows his mum around on the walk and tries to run at bamboo and sticks he sees along the way. He’s quite a character.”

While the rest of the herd walk trunk to tail, Scott is still learning so sticks close to his mum Azizah.

The stroll also includes a stop off for the group to graze and browse, and gives cheeky youngster Scott time to play and have a rest between his mum’s legs before heading home.

Lee said: “Scott usually crashes out as soon as he’s back from the walk. We put piles of hay down in the barn and he’s out for the count.”

Scott was born on October 18 after a whopping 700 day pregnancy – almost two years. He was also the smallest elephant ever born at the zoo weighing in at 104kg, around 16 stone.