Elephant rescued from Swaziland delivers calf at US Zoo

2016-05-25 07:52
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Dallas - An elephant rescued from Swaziland has given birth to a baby at the Dallas Zoo.

The zoo issued a statement on Tuesday announcing the May 14 birth of the male calf. The calf doesn't yet have a name. He weighs 40kg, stands about 3 feet tall and has a trunk just over a foot long.

The zoo says the infant's weight at birth was at the low end of the 35-to-70 kg range expected for healthy newborn African elephant. That was blamed on food scarcity in the mother's homeland, where a severe drought made food scarce.

The mother, Mlilo (muh-LEE'-loh), was pregnant when the group of five elephants arrived earlier this year. Friends of Animals had sued to stop the proposed importation. That suit is pending.

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