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Welcome Ajabu! Dallas Zoo unveils male baby elephant

October 12, 2016 - 12:00 PM

DALLAS - Visitors to the Dallas Zoo can now observe a baby elephant whose mother gave birth this spring after being rescued from the African nation of Swaziland.

The Dallas Zoo on Wednesday announced the male calf named Ajabu (uh-JAH'-boo) has gone on public display, with his mother, in the Giants of the Savanna exhibit.

Ajabu was born May 14 to Mlilo (muh-LEE'-loh). The pachyderm was pregnant when she arrived earlier this year at the Dallas Zoo.

Ajabu weighed 175 pounds at birth. He's since grown to more than 330 pounds and stands almost 4 feet tall. Experts say the calf is still nursing but some of his teeth have emerged and he also eats hay and produce.

The Giants of the Savanna habitat features animals including elephants, giraffes, zebras, lions and cheetahs.



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