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New baby elephant at Lowry Park Zoo

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The new-born elephant. Image courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo The new-born elephant. Image courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo
The newborn elephant meeting her sister. Image courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo. The newborn elephant meeting her sister. Image courtesy Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo.
TAMPA, FL (WFLA) -

Tampa's Lowry Park Zoo welcomed a new baby this week. The zoo keepers announced the birth of a female elephant calf on the zoo's Facebook page Monday.

The baby elephant is 7 days old. She is the second female born in Tampa from a herd of 11 elephants rescued from culling in Swaziland, Africa, according to the zoo's website.

Her mother is Matjeka, a first-time mom, her dad is Sdudla. She has an older sister, Mpumi.

The new-born is the third elephant born in the zoo in 25 years, according to the zoo's website.

The mom and the baby will stay off-exhibit to bond. Zoo keepers will reintroduce them to the rest of the females before returning them to the outdoor yard. That's when the guests will be able to meet them.

If you want to participate in the name contest, click here.

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