Omaha Zoo Prepares For Elephant Birth

"Omaha Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium" experts say "Claire" is due to give birth early in 2022.

The zoo is conducting monthly ultrasounds, but will start doing them on a weekly basis near the end of the year.

Dr. Laura Kleinschmidt, an associate veterinarian and certified zoologist, tells 6 News the weight of a elephant baby is about 260 pounds, with Claire gaining about 600 pounds to this point, about 15% of her body weight.

Caretakers do regular blood work and the monthly ultrasounds to make sure everything is still on track and going well.

(Picture from 6 News)

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