By: KDKA-TV News Staff
SOMERSET, Pa. (KDKA) – An African elephant calf was born early on July 18 at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium’s International Conservation Center in Somerset County.READ MORE: Pittsburgh Man Who Survived COVID-19 Undergoes Transplant After Virus Resurfaces And Attacks Heart
The female calf was healthy and was born at just under three-feet tall and weighing 218 pounds.READ MORE: Toddler Taken To Hospital With Gunshot Wound, Police Investigating
It is the first calf born to new mom Sukuri. The zoo says she had no issues during pregnancy. The pregnancy was a result of natural breeding with resident bull elephant, Jackson.
“We are delighted that the pregnancy and birth went smoothly,” said Willie Theison, the lead elephant care specialist. “Initial introductions are going very well, with both mom and calf staying close to each other. As with any newborn, we are now tracking encouraging progress with parameters like weight, bloodwork, and feeding.”MORE NEWS: Suspect Sought In Penn Hills Shooting That Injured 17-Year-Old Boy
The baby elephant will remain with her mom at the facility.