Atlanta Elephant Pregnant

ATLANTA (AP) _ Zoo Atlanta may soon hear the stomping of little feet.

One of the zoo's three elephants, Dottie, is pregnant. If all goes as expected, the zoo's first newborn Loxodonata africana should arrive in April 2009.

The baby could weigh up to 300 pounds and measure 3 feet tall at birth.

A team of specialists from Berlin artificially inseminated the 25-year-old Dottie in June after plans to mate her with a male elephant at the North Carolina Zoo fell through.

The birth means a larger gene pool for breeding African elephants at U.S. zoos, which house 300 African and Asian elephants.


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