FORT WORTH - The birth of an Asian elephant at the Fort Worth Zoo has called for celebration.
The public got their first look at the unnamed baby elephant at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday.
Weighing 330 pounds and standing at 38 inches, the baby elephant was born at the zoo in the early morning hours on July 7. The Fort Worth Zoo said the elephant's birth was the second in their 104-year history.
Now, the zoo has asked the public to help choose between six names selected by the staff. Thursday afternoon, the zoo released a list of the names, along with their meanings.
- Belle (short for Bluebell): The bluebell is a wildflower found throughout Texas; symbolizes humility and gratitude.
- Maggie (short for Magnolia): Symbolizes sweetness, beauty and love of nature.
- Rose: “The Yellow Rose of Texas” is an iconic song of Texas.
- Ruby: One of the four precious stones and July’s birthstone; rubies are laid beneath buildings in Asian countries to secure good fortune for the structure.
- Sage: Purple sage is the official native shrub of Texas.
- Tujuh (too-joo): Means “seven” in Indonesian; this calf was born in the seventh month on the seventh day of the seventh moon
At 40 years old, Rasha gave birth to the unnamed female elephant. The zoo said the elephant's father is Groucho, a 43-year-old elephant currently on load to the Denver Zoo.
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