Elephant Rani in St. Louis Zoo are on lookout for stork

, Diane Toroian Keaggy, ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH

Like her mother, Ellie, Asian elephant Rani appears in no rush to deliver her calf. At the St. Louis Zoo, Rani is in the 23rd month of her pregnancy. While many elephants deliver after 22 months, Ellie waited almost two years before she delivered daughter Maliha on Aug. 2. She is expecting a female calf. Rani has gained about 1,000 pounds during her pregnancy and now weighs 6,500 pounds. Zookeepers check daily for a drop in her progesterone levels, the telltale sign that labor will commence soon...

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