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The Indianapolis Zoo’s newest animal weighs 262 pounds



Indianapolis, Indiana – At the Indianapolis Zoo, Zahara the African elephant gave birth to a 262-pound son on Monday.

The first-time mother’s birth was assisted by staff throughout the Labor Day weekend, but the 17-year-old was only in labor for 20 minutes before the baby was born at 5:30 p.m. on Monday.

“The birth made history as the first elephant in the world (African or Asian) to be born through artificial insemination to a mother who was also born through the same procedure,” the zoo said in a news release.

In less than ten minutes after his birth, the baby was standing. According to zoo staff, the mother and child were swiftly developing a bond. The boy looked to be healthy despite weighing a little bit more than normal infants.

The unidentified calf, the zoo’s seventh, signified the establishment’s transition into the third generation of elephants.

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