Baby elephant born at Columbus Zoo

COLUMBUS ZOO AND AQUARIUM
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POWELL, OH –The first baby elephant to be born at the Columbus Zoo as a result of artificial insemination was announced Thursday.

Officials say the mother, Phoebe, is a 31-year-old Asian elephant who came to the Zoo in January 2002 and gave birth to the calf at 3:09 a.m.

The calf will remain behind the scenes to allow bonding time between Phoebe and her new baby.

The baby joins the herd of six Asian elephants in the Asia Quest region: males, Hank and Beco, and females, Phoebe, Connie, Sundara (Sunny) and Rudy.

The public will have an opportunity to help name the calf. Details will be announced at a later date for naming and viewing information.

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