Ladies and gentlemen, meet 'Dougie': the so-nicknamed baby elephant who was born at Melbourne Zoo last week:

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With the temperatures reaching 35°C in the Australian city at the moment, little Dougie and his mum Num-Oi are having to spend a lot of time cooling off in the pool. Sometimes, in Dougie's case, in quite dramatic fashion...

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The youngster's arrival into the world last week was something of a drawn out affair, with Num-Oi experiencing a 22-month pregnancy and being in labour for four days. However, her 131kg (count' em!) bundle of joy was eventually born safely and was on his feet in minutes.

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Check out more pictures of Dougie - so-called because he likes digging in the earth - in our slideshow below. But be warned: the pictures may make you melt, even if it's not 35°C outside...

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  • With Melbourne basking in a continued heatwave this baby elephant was more than happy to go for a swim. The unnamed Asian Elephant calf was born at Melbourne Zoo on 17th January 2013. (Credit: Rex)

  • With Melbourne basking in a continued heatwave this baby elephant was more than happy to go for a swim. The unnamed Asian Elephant calf was born at Melbourne Zoo on 17th January 2013. (Credit: Rex)

  • With Melbourne basking in a continued heatwave this baby elephant was more than happy to go for a swim. The unnamed Asian Elephant calf was born at Melbourne Zoo on 17th January 2013. (Credit: Rex)

  • With Melbourne basking in a continued heatwave this baby elephant was more than happy to go for a swim. The unnamed Asian Elephant calf was born at Melbourne Zoo on 17th January 2013. (Credit: Rex)

  • With Melbourne basking in a continued heatwave this baby elephant was more than happy to go for a swim. The unnamed Asian Elephant calf was born at Melbourne Zoo on 17th January 2013. (Credit: Rex)

  • With Melbourne basking in a continued heatwave this baby elephant was more than happy to go for a swim. The unnamed Asian Elephant calf was born at Melbourne Zoo on 17th January 2013. (Credit: Rex)