Asian elephant at St. Louis Zoo is pregnant

Wednesday, August 1, 2012 | 10:46 a.m. CDT; updated 2:20 p.m. CDT, Wednesday, August 1, 2012

ST. LOUIS — A popular resident of the St. Louis Zoo is expecting.

The zoo said Wednesday the Asian elephant Ellie is pregnant and is due to deliver next spring. The father is Raja, a 19-year-old who was the first Asian elephant born at the zoo in 1992. The calf would be his fourth offspring.

Ellie was pregnant in 2010 but lost the calf early in pregnancy.

A newborn elephant weighs up to 350 pounds. Zoo officials say Ellie has been receiving regular prenatal checkups and ultrasound exams.

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