Another baby elephant is born at Prague Zoo

The second this year is also the third ever in the zoo's history

Yet another baby elephant was born in Prague Zoo. The male baby was born at 8 pm on Oct. 7.

“An elephant calf was born … to our Asian elephant called Tamara. Mother and baby are doing well. It is the third elephant baby in the history of our zoo. Keep your fingers crossed for him!” the zoo announced on Facebook. The father is Ankhor, the only adult male elephant at the zoo.

Tamara had been pregnant for 658 days and her keepers already expected the birth not only due to the deadline, but also to changes in hormone levels. Still, Tamara surprised them on Friday with the speed with which gave birth to her calf. The father, Ankhor, came to the zoo Aug. 12, 2014, from Berlin and Tamara showed interest in the beginning of December 2014.

Zoo director Miroslav Bobek said the baby seemed fine, and he has already been presented to the public.

The first elephant born at Prague Zoo in its 85-year history was the female elephant Sita in February 2013. Her mother, Donna, came to Prague in 2012 from Rotterdam already pregnant. The first baby elephant that was conceived and born in Prague was Maximilian. He came in April this year to Janita, who is the half-sister of Tamara.

Female elephants can give birth once every four years, and pregnancy lasts 21 months. About 10 baby elephants are born annually in European zoos. Adult Indian elephants weigh some three to five tons. They mature at the age of 10 years. There are some 300 elephants in European zoos. In the wild, there are fewer that 40,000 Indian elephants, making them an endangered species. They live about 50 years in captivity.

Prague Zoo has had elephants since 1933, when it got a one-year-old named Baby. Today, the zoo has nine elephants counting the newborn.

Prague Zoo opened in 1931. It is ranked as the fourth best zoo in the world by TripAdvisor. The zoo has seen several births this year. Aside from the two elephants, there has been an aardvark, a gorilla, a giraffe and Eld's deer twins.

Prague Zoo currently covers 58 hectares with 50 hectares used for exhibits. It has over 4,700 animals from 681 species, including 144 species listed as threatened. The zoo has 12 pavilions and over 150 exhibits. It has been particularly active in the preservation of the Przewalski's horses, which are slowly being returned to the wild.

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