Bob Hamilton/Brad Choat

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) – They’re looking for a bigger baby buggy at the St. Louis Zoo —something the size of a pickup truck.

Curator Martha Fischer tells KMOX 42-year-old “Ellie” the Asian elephant gave birth to her third baby late Friday night, “Ellie’s a little tired. I’m not going to lie. But, she’s doing really well. She’s such a great mom. This is really what she’s best at, is raising not only her own calves, but also being a grandmother or aunt to other calves. She’s just really in her element now, bonding with the new calf.”

It’s a big baby, weighing-in at around 250 pounds and standing 38 inches tall.

Fischer says the birth was about two years in the making — and a source of “happy fatigue” for zookeepers, as well, “We do shut down our personal lives for a couple of months, working 24/7 to monitor her and make sure everything’s okay. So, we’re all needing to catch up on a bit of sleep, as well.”

Fischer says it’s not been decided when the young pachyderm will go on display.

She says the zoo is planning a naming contest, similar to ones it’s held for earlier elephant births.


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