When someone is expecting a new baby, it’s always fun to watch their little one flip and kick during an ultrasound. But who says that excitement is meant only for humans?
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Recently, the Oklahoma City Zoo and Botanical Garden shared a video that is proving all ultrasounds are awesome, regardless of the baby’s species. After all, this lucky parent is none other than a 25-year-old elephant named Asha!
At the time of the ultrasound, sweet Asha was eight months into her 22-month pregnancy (yes, you read that right), and everything was going great. Her bundle of joy will arrive in February 2022, and we can hardly wait!
According to the zoo, their elephants get routine ultrasounds as part of their prenatal care. Just like humans, they are monitored regularly to ensure that everything is moving along smoothly and that there are no concerns for the mom or calf’s health.
When the adorable calf finally makes its first appearance, it will be welcomed into a big family. Asha and 51-year-old Rex, this baby’s dad, have two other little ones, a 5-year-old named Achara and a 1-year-old named Kairavi. Plus, Asha is mom to one other calf who is at the zoo with them.
“Asha is unique in that she is very gentle, patient, and eager to learn,” said Rachel Emory, one of the zoo’s employees. “She has raised three calves and is an excellent mother. Asha does an incredible job of allowing her calves to explore the zoo’s elephant habitat and interact with other herd mates, while also always keeping them within her sight.”
The zoo will continue to monitor Asha’s progress over the next year to ensure things are going according to plan. Chances are good that there will be more ultrasounds to come, and we can only hope the zoo is kind enough to continue showing them off!
Find out what all the fuss is about in the video below, and be sure to share this story with anyone who could use a dose of cuteness in their day.
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