St. Louis Zoo announces name of new baby elephant

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by KMOV.com staff

KMOV.com

Posted on May 6, 2013 at 9:44 AM

Updated Monday, Nov 25 at 5:54 PM

(KMOV) -- The St. Louis Zoo gave voters the power to choose the name of its newest edition to the elephant family and the people have spoken.

After 53,692 votes were submitted through multiple channels for the zoo’s “Name the Baby Elephant” poll, Priya emerged as the victor with 15,777 – or 29.4 percent – of the votes.

Priya, pronounced "Pree-yah," weighed in at 251 pounds when she was born at the zoo on April 26. She’s the third daughter for Ellie, and the fourth daughter for 20-year-old Raja. Raja was the first elephant ever born at the St. Louis Zoo.

The zoo’s elephant care team initially selected five names—Priya, Cai, Harper, Violet and Willow - and asked the public to vote for their favorites on the zoo’s website, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest accounts or through ballots submitted on site.

Runner-up Willow received 13,311 votes and Violet received 12,508 votes. Cai came in fourth with 7,006 votes and Harper’s 5,084 votes were the least.

Zoo officials said Priya is not yet available for viewing and a debut date has not yet been set.

 

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