Thursday, July 10, 2008

Zoo Welcomes Baby Elephant, Expects Another Soon

For the first in seven years a baby elephant has been born at the Pittsburgh Zoo. Mother "Nan" gave birth to the female calf Wednesday after a gestation period of nearly two years. Zoo staff are monitoring the calf and mother using a video camera and expect to introduce the baby to the rest of the herd once she learns to walk. Another elephant named Moja is also expected to give birth within days. Both mothers were inseminated by bull elephant Jackson, who has sirred a number of elephants around the country. Pittsburgh Zoo president Barbara Baker says although the mother and baby are doing well, these are critical weeks for the calf's survival. The calf could be available for the public to see as early as this weekend.

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