Baby elephant Priya debuts at Saint Louis Zoo

12:01 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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ST. LOUIS (KSDK) - Baby elephant Priya is ready to meet her St. Louis family starting Wednesday. Visitors will be able to view the mother and calf time from 10 a.m. to noon and from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

Priya was born on April 26 and has been with her mother, 42-year-old Ellie, and other members of her three generation family at her debut. This is Ellie's third baby and the fourth for the baby's father, Raja, the first elephant ever born at the Saint Louis Zoo.

Priya got her name from a Name the Baby Elephant poll with the winner announced May 6th. There were a total of 53,692 votes submitted through multiple channels to the St. Louis Zoo. The Zoo's elephant care team selected five favorite female names, Cai, Harper, Priya, Violet and Willow, and invited the public to vote for their favorites. Priya won with 15,777 of the total votes cast.


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