Today is World Elephant Day, and the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium is celebrating with a big announcement.
Zoo officials announced on Facebook Live that Asian elephant Phoebe is expecting. She is due in mid-to-late December.
This will be Phoebe’s third calf born at the Columbus Zoo and her fourth calf overall.
Phoebe is one of five Asian elephants at the zoo, including Connie, Sunny, Rudy, Hank and her son Beco.
Zoo officials say Phoebe is in her third trimester and she will be monitored closely and tended to 24/7 during the later stages of her pregnancy.
“All of us at the Columbus Zoo are thrilled to make this exciting announcement about Phoebe’s pregnancy,” Columbus Zoo President and CEO Tom Stalf said. “We are especially proud to contribute another individual to the Asian elephant population, which has been in decline in recent years, in order to protect this species’ future.”
The gestation period for elephants is typically around 22 months, and calves can weigh anywhere from 200 to 300 pounds and stand about 3 feet tall at birth.