Baby Elephant Knows How to Make an Entrance

After six consecutive male births, the keepers of a female African elephant calf at the San Diego Zoo Safari Park are tickled pink. The “little” girl — who weighed in at 205 pounds — was born on exhibit to the park’s matriarch, Swazi, at 3:39 a.m. on Tuesday. The average gestation period for elephants is a lengthy 22 months.

The newborn was on her feet within minutes, and the first visitors to the zoo that day were able to see her in the elephant habitat.

“We’re so happy that it’s finally a girl,” said animal care manager Curtis Lehman.

The calf has a 2 ½ year old brother, who’s spending time with some other elephants in the park while mom and daughter bond.

You can see the baby, who hasn’t been named yet, in action below.


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