Albuquerque zoo's elephant herd to expand

Created: 08/10/2013 10:43 AM
By: Mike Anderson, KOB Eyewitness News 4

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The Asian elephant herd at the Albuquerque BioPark will be expanding.
Zookeepers say blood tests indicate that Rozie the elephant's calf will likely be a girl.

The window for her giving birth is between August and November, but keepers suspect the calf may come in mid-September.
The BioPark's elephant manager, Rhonda Saiers, says the zoo is excited about the potential of adding another female to the multigenerational herd.

Still, there's a chance the gender test could be wrong.
Saiers says as with any birth, a healthy baby is what matters most.
Around-the-clock monitoring of Rozie begins Sunday.

The task will be shared among several dozen staff and education volunteers who have been trained.
Rozie became pregnant in December 2011 through artificial insemination with sperm from another BioPark elephant named Samson.

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