OKC Zoo welcomes new baby elephant
The Oklahoma City Zoo on Wednesday announced the birth of a baby elephant.
Officials said after an almost two-year pregnancy, Asian elephant Asha gave birth to a female calf just before 11:30 p.m. Tuesday. Named Kairavi, officials said the baby elephant's name is Sanskrit for “moonlight.”
Both Asha and Kairavi are said to be in good health and are viewable to guests at the zoo’s elephant habitat in Sanctuary Asia.
Officials said veterinary staff and animal caretakers were present for the birth, which they said required no medical intervention and took only 15 minutes.
Veterinarians reported that Asha demonstrated appropriate maternal behaviors after the birth and that Kairavi was already standing after 12 minutes and nursing after about 40 minutes.
Kairavi is the third elephant calf born at the zoo and the third offspring of Asha, 23, who arrived at the zoo in 2008. The calf's father, Rex, 50, came to the zoo in 2011.
Kairavi’s birth brings the total number of elephants at the zoo to seven.