You’re probably familiar with how human ultrasound looks, but have you ever seen a baby elephant curled up in its mother’s womb? The Oklahoma City Zoo recently shared a video recording the special moment when the Asian elephant, 25 years old, Asha, had an ultrasound. Asha is currently eight months pregnant, but since the average gestation period for elephants is 22 months (about 660 days), it’s still a while before we get to see her baby.
Asha is expected to give birth to her fourth child in February 2022. The most recent ultrasound – taken by the zoo’s veterinary team – has confirmed that both mother and baby are “as healthy as possible”. In the video, you can learn about the calf’s “tiny trunk and little legs”, as well as its not-so-small ears.
Asha lives with six other elephants at the zoo, but she is currently receiving lots of special treatment. Emory, one of the staff, looking after her, said: ‘Perhaps more than any other elephant in the zoo, Asha loves to eat. “Her main diet consists of hay, grass and twigs — her personal favourite.”
She continued, “She also gets extra fruits and vegetables as a positive reinforcement in all of her training sessions. All of these training sessions, like ultrasounds, are completely voluntary and allow us to provide medical care to all elephants safely and comfortably. Asha especially enjoys watermelon, cantaloupe, and bananas during these sessions. ”
Check out the incredible ultrasound video below and update Asha’s pregnancy story on the Oklahoma City Zoo’s Facebook page.
The Oklahoma City Zoo recently shared a video recording the special moment when the Asian elephant, 25 years old, Asha, had an ultrasound.