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Video: San Diego Zoo Welcomes Wobbly-Legged Newborn Elephant
The San Diego Zoo welcomed a 205-pound bundle of joy early on Tuesday morning.
Swazi the African elephant had her second (and yet-to-be) named calf around 3:39 am on Tuesday. Not long after her birth, the adorable calf was caught on video walking around on its wobbly legs. The zoo separated the mother and calf to allow them time to bond and teach baby how to nurse, according to the zoo's blog.
In the video above, you can see the baby trying in vain to suck on mom's nipple, but the zoo reported that the calf eventually figured it out. Even though the mama and her new daughter were separated, the other members of the herd reached out to touch and sniff the new baby with their trunks through the fence.
Fun fact: pregnancy is really long for African elephants. Their gestation period is a whopping 22 months. You can check out the new baby all the other 12 elephants at the zoo on the Elephant Cam.