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Baby elephant born at Saint Louis Zoo

Friday, June 24, 2011 | 6:00 p.m. CDT; updated 3:56 p.m. CDT, Tuesday, July 19, 2011

ST. LOUIS — It's a girl: The latest addition to the Saint Louis Zoo is a bouncing baby elephant.

The zoo announced Friday that the mother, 15-year-old Asian elephant Rani, and the baby are doing well following the birth at 1:13 p.m. that day. Martha Fischer, the zoo's curator of mammals, said the baby is already healthy and walking around.

The mother and baby are not yet on public display, and the height and weight of the baby have not yet been confirmed.

The father, Raja, is one of the zoo's most popular animals and the first elephant ever born at the zoo. Raja is now 18 and also became a father for the third time, twice with Rani as the mother.


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