Elephant born at Tucson's Reid Park Zoo

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By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas
By Jennifer Thomas By Jennifer Thomas

TUCSON, Ariz. -- Tucson's Reid Park Zoo has a new baby elephant.

A 24-year-old African elephant gave birth to a female calf Wednesday night. This is Semba's third calf, but the first elephant born at Reid Park Zoo.

Zoo staff said Semba gave birth shortly before 11 p.m. They said the calf took her first breath immediately, stood up within minutes and began to nurse within the hour.

Staff officials said the mother and calf appear to be doing well but are spending time in the Click Family Elephant Care Center under the watchful eyes of the elephant team.

"We are beyond excited," said Tucson Parks and Recreation Director Fred Gray in a news release. "The City is committed to the future of African elephants, and leading the field of elephant care with colleagues. This is a fitting gift to the Tucson community on our 239th birthday."

The calf has not been named and has not been weighed yet.

Zoo officials said no visitors or non-essential staff members are being admitted to the elephant care center at this time.

Although Semba and her calf are not currently on exhibit, they may be viewable on the zoo cams between the hours of 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.