A Bright Future

By Britt Peterson
|  Friday, Jun 4, 2010  |  Updated 3:30 PM PDT
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An unnamed African elephant calf is surprised by the water splashing off of his mother, Umoya, who is cooling down at a waterhole at the San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park on Thursday. After a slow start, the outlook for the calf is now upbeat. He was healthy and nursing after his birth on May 12, but a medical condition with his mother caused him to lose rather than gain weight. Umoya is now recovering, which means the 229-pound calf is too. He is the third calf born at the Wild Animal Park in 2010 and is interacting with other elephants daily, including the two other male calves born in February and April. There are now eight youngsters in the 16-member African elephant herd, ranging from 3 weeks to 6 years old. Several of them were seen playing in the waterhole on Thursday. To celebrate the success of this elephant herd, the Park is highlighting elephants during African Summer Festival, which runs June 19 through Sept. 6. Visit the elephant exhibit at 11 a.m. daily to watch the elephants search the 3-acre habitat seeking goodies hidden in the grass, trees or rocks. Other activities include acrobats, storytellers, live drum bands, bead working, a new animal show and Robert, the digital talking zebra.

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After a rough start, an unnamed African elephant calf is relieved to be wrestling in the mud with fellow calves at the San Diego Zoo’s Wild Animal Park, according to Zoo officials.

The calf was healthy and nursing after being born on May 12, until a medical condition with his mother caused him to lose weight rather than gain it. Mother, Umoya, is now recovering, which means the 229 lb.calf is too.

He is the third calf to be born at the Park this year, including two other male calves born in February and April. There are now a total of eight youngsters in the 16-member African elephant herd, ranging from three weeks to six years old. Several of them were seen playing in the waterhole on Thursday.

In honor of the success of their elephant herd, the Park is highlighting elephants during the African Summer Festival, from June 19 through September 6. Stop by the exhibit at 11 a.m. daily to see the elephants roam the three-acre habitat.

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