Baby Elephant Born at Columbus Zoo

POWELL, Ohio (WTVN)--A baby elephant has been born at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium.

Zoo officials say the calf was born to Phoebe early Thursday morning in the zoo's Asia Quest region. 

The sex of the calf has not yet been determined, but appears to be strong.

It's the first time in 10 years that a baby elephant has been born at the zoo. It's also the first time a calf was born there as a result of artifical insemination.

The calf joins the herd of six Asian elephants in the Asia Quest region: males, Hank and Beco, and females, Phoebe, Connie, Sundara (Sunny) and Rudy. There have been three successful Asian elephant births at the Columbus Zoo throughout the Zoo’s history, and all three have been born to Phoebe  -this most recent calf, Beco in 2009 and male, Bodhi, who was born in 2004 and now resides at Denver Zoo.

(photo courtesy Grahm S. Jones--Columbus Zoo and Aquarium)

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