Friday, July 12, 2013 , Updated 5:35 p.m., July 28, 2013
UPDATED: Baby elephant born at Fort Worth Zoo — only the second in the zoo’s 104-year history
Her name is Belle.
FORT WORTH The newest member of the Fort Worth Zoo is a 330-pound female Asian baby elephant, the zoo announced July 11.
You can vote on your favorite name for the baby elephant (choices are Belle, Rose, Maggie, Ruby, Sage and Tujuh), on Facebook or at the exhibit July 11-25.
[UPDATE: She has a name! Say hello to Belle -- short for Bluebell. The name received 29.3% of the votes.]
“This was a picture-perfect birth,” Ramona S. Bass, Fort Worth Zoo Board chairwoman, told the Dallas Morning News.
Forty-year-old mother elephant Rasha underwent a 22-month pregnancy and was in labor for two hours July 7. The mother and baby have remained healthy.
The Asian elephant is an endangered species, and only two elephant calfs were born in the U.S. last year. This is the second elephant birth in the zoo’s 104-year history.
The zoo may allow their male elephants to travel to other zoos, but they keep the female elephants together in a herd their whole lives. Asian elephants can live up to about 70 years in captivity.
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