When a new baby enters the world, its bright, curious eyes and tentative movements are enough to move any onlooker into awe and wonder - even if the little bundle of joy weights more than 250 pounds and has a long trunk!
On Wednesday, April 14, officials at San Diego Zoo's Wild Animal Park announced that the attraction was home to a newborn male African elephant, the Associated Press reports.
The birth occurred at about 8:30 p.m. on Monday evening, making the as yet unnamed elephant an Aires. Only time will tell if he exhibits the boundless energy, enthusiasm and physical courage that his Zodiac sign suggests - but as he's expected to grow to more than 12 feet tall and weigh more than 12,000 - we think it's a safe bet.
The calf was born to first-time mother Swazi, and according to a statement from the San Diego Zoo, "Mom and baby are doing well."
Monday marked the second African elephant to be born at the park. Another male entered the zoo on Valentine's Day, and yet one more is due to be birthed in late spring, says the news source.
The new elephant is the 14th in a herd that was brought to San Diego from Swaziland in 2003.