OKC Zoo expecting: Asian elephant to be mother again in Dec. 2014

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Asha the Asian elephant is expecting a daughter. Courtesy: OKC Zoo

Asha the Asian elephant is expecting a daughter. Courtesy: OKC Zoo

OKLAHOMA CITY – The OKC Zoo is expecting a new member to their family soon.

Asha, the zoo’s 18-year-old Asian elephant, is going to be a mother for the second time.

Zoo officials said she is seven months along in elephants’ typical 22 month pregnancy.

The new big bundle of joy is scheduled to arrive December 2014.

“It’s exciting that Malee, Asha’s first calf, may get to be a big sister,” Nick Newby said, the zoo’s pachyderm supervisor. “She will be 3 years old when the calf arrives, which is a great age for her to learn mothering skills by watching her own mother give birth and care for the calf.”

The father, Rex, arrived at the zoo back in 2011.

Zoo officials said the 8,000-pound India native is about 43-years-old and came to Oklahoma from a Canadian zoo.