Phoebe, the calf's mother, had her health monitored throughout her 655 day pregnancy. She was like any expecting mother - complete with an exercise regimen, regular ultrasounds, and blood draws. Towards the end of her pregnancy, Phoebe was monitored around the clock. The keepers will continue to keep this watchful eye on Phoebe and her calf for the next few weeks.
This birth is very exciting for the zoo world! In the past five years only nine Asian elephants have been born in six AZA zoos including the new calf and his big brother Bodhi at the Columbus Zoo.
To allow Phoebe and her new baby time to form a strong bond, Zoo visitors are currently unable to see them. The Zoo will announce viewing information when it becomes available.