Hogle Zoo's new baby elephant was years in the making

A 251-pound female African elephant was born Monday afternoon at Hogle...
A 251-pound female African elephant was born Monday afternoon at Hogle...

2009-08-13 - Salt Lake City, United States , Matthew D. LaPlante

She's a baby years in the making. Veterinarians decided back in 2004 that Christie the elephant was ready to be a mother. But it took five years and millions of dollars in renovations to the zoo's elephant habitat to bring the Hogle Zoo's newest resident to life. In a 20-minute labor that went by so fast it surprised her keepers, Christie gave birth to a 251-pound female calf on Monday afternoon. The as-of-yet unnamed calf is the first elephant born in Utah in more than 90 years and is the first...

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