Saint Louis Zoo Welcomes New Baby Asian Elephant: 'It's a Boy!'

According to the zoo, an elephant pregnancy lasts about 22 months and a newborn weighs about 250-350 pounds.

The Saint Louis Zoo recently reopened amid the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and made it "mandatory for zoo staff and guests ages 9 and above to wear masks/face coverings — which must cover nose and mouth — while visiting."

"Face coverings can help minimize virus transmission from asymptomatic individuals," the zoo said. "Keeping our animal and veterinary care staff safe and protected is the best measure to keep our animals safe and at minimal risk of exposure to a virus that we know very little about."

Rani and the baby are currently bonding away from public view and a debut date has not yet been set.

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