Albuquerque Zoo staff on 24-hour 'elephant watch' | KOB 4

Albuquerque Zoo staff on 24-hour 'elephant watch'

Emily Jaceks
April 28, 2018 02:12 PM

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. – It's been a long wait for Rosie the elephant at the Albuquerque Zoo – 650 days and counting.


The zoo is on 24-hour elephant watch as Rosie is set to give birth to a calf at any moment.

"My gut reaction is anytime now, but she could still go another six weeks," said Rhonda Saiers. "The birth window is about three-and-a-half months for elephants, so hopefully anytime – for her sake and the team's sake."

Elephant managers say the bundle of joy will weigh in at a whopping 200 to 250 pounds.

Doctors and cameras are monitoring Rosie around the clock, but they don't expect her to become the next April the giraffe. Elephant managers say the public can't tune in for the birth at home, due to a lack of capability.

There's even been new construction at the zoo in anticipation for the baby.

But until its arrival, Rosie's on the same plan as any other expectant mother would be.

"She's on a great exercise regimen; lots of walking and movement and carrying things and picking up her legs," Saiers said. "We want her strong and flexible, ready for birth."

Zoo officials say the public will be able to meet the baby after its birth.


Emily Jaceks

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