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Early birth of elephant calf surprise to zoo keepers
Elephant keepers at the San Diego Zoo got a big surprise when they came in to work Thursday (September 27) to find that Umngani (pronounced OOM-gah-nee), a 28-year-old elephant, had given birth to a healthy, 281-pound female calf -- the biggest calf ever to be born at the zoo. While zoo keepers were expecting the birth, it came a little earlier than they had expected.