Animal Welfare

The Fort Worth Zoo's Newborn Elephant Is Ridiculously Adorable

First, a trigger warning: If you count yourself among that small sliver of the human race for whom the sight of adorable baby animals induces uncontrollable retching, DO NOT PLAY THE ABOVE VIDEO. For the rest of you, enjoy the Fort Worth Zoo's new Asian elephant, who was born on Sunday and made her public debut today. And please get over to the zoo's Facebook page and vote on the animal's name so the poor creature won't be named Belle ("short for Bluebell," which the zoo notes is "a wildflower found throughout Texas"). Not that the other options -- Magnolia ("Symbolizes sweetness"), Rose ("'The Yellow Rose of Texas' is an iconic song of Texas"); Ruby ("One of the four precious stones"); Sage ("The official native shrub of Texas"); and Tujuh ("Means 'seven' in Indonesian") -- are much better.

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Eric Nicholson
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