For the not-so-small La Petite, a daughter
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For the not-so-small La Petite, a daughter

Ramat Gan safari’s 25-year-old elephant, already a grandmother, has another girl of her own

Aaron Kalman is a former writer and breaking news editor for the Times of Israel

La Petite and her newborn calf at the Ramat Gan Safari, Wednesday (photo credit: Courtesy)
La Petite and her newborn calf at the Ramat Gan Safari, Wednesday (photo credit: Courtesy)

La Petite, a not-so-small Asian elephant, gave birth to a female calf Wednesday at the Ramat Gan Safari.

In a statement, the Safari said the calf was healthy and being fed by her mother.

Safari workers have yet to decide on the calf’s name, but have said it will start with the letter “L” — like her mother’s name.

The birth, which happened 22 months after the mother was caught on camera mating with the happy father Motek, was particularly welcomed by workers at the safari since the Asian elephant is considered an endangered species.

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Two months ago, the 25-year-old La Petite became a grandmother, after her daughter La Belle gave birth to a female who received the Sanskrit name Latangi, meaning “thin girl.” That name was chosen because the calf weighed some 70 kilograms at birth, much less than the average 100 kilo birth weight of Asian elephants.

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