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Zoo launches contest to name baby elephant

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Zoo launches contest to name baby elephant
Zurich Zoo's youngest elephant. Photo: Zurich Zoo/Facebook
21:55 CEST+02:00
The Zurich Zoo has launched a competition to name its newborn elephant, whose arrival into the world last week was captured on video.

Indi, the mother, gave birth to the female baby elephant last Tuesday night at the new Kaeng Krachan elephant compound, inaugurated by the zoo on June 7th.

The zoo launched its competition on its website and Facebook page.

Entrants are asked to pick between three names beginning with the letter O, chosen for the naming of animas born at the zoo this year.

The names are Omysha (“smile”), Osadhi (a notion from traditional Hindu medicine relating to the positive properties of herbs and plants) and Ojas (force).

The zoo has issued a video on YouTube showing the moments before, during and after the birth of the baby elephant.

The birth is the first since the elephants began using the new 11,000-square metre facility, featuring six basins for swimming, in March.

Built at a cost of 57 million francs ($63.5 million), the compound includes places where the elephants can have privacy, away from zoo keepers, in addition to covered and open areas.

Indi has now given birth to three offspring. 

The new addition brings to seven the number of elephants in the compound, with another male set to join the herd.

Check out the elephant birth video below (subtitles are in German): 

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