- Associated Press - Wednesday, June 17, 2015

SYRACUSE, N.Y. (AP) - Syracuse’s Rosamond Gifford Zoo has a name for its newborn Asian elephant.

It’s Batu (BAH’-too). The name rose to the top of the nearly 3,800 votes cast online, appearing on 47 percent of the ballots cast.

The name Batu was submitted by 9-year-old Isabelle Perry of Oswego, New York. It’s of central Asian origin and means “like his father” and can also mean loyal. Perry will receive an Asian elephant Adopt an Animal package from the zoo.

The zoo received 1,396 name suggestions from across the U.S. and Canada, as well as Africa, Australia, Costa Rica and Germany.

Batu, a male calf, was born in mid-May to Mali and Doc and was introduced to the public just over two weeks ago.



A second elephant calf is expected later this summer.

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