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Semba the elephant gave birth to the first baby elephant at the Reid Park Zoo.  Keepers call her a big baby girl because she weighed in at 245 pounds. She was born just before 11 p.m. on Wednesday, on Tucson's birthday.  Semba had been in active labor for 20 minutes, said the keepers, after she had been pregnant for nearly two years.  

The baby stood up within minutes and was nursing within the hour.  

According to the zoo, the first 48 to 72 hours following the birth are the most essential for Semba and her calf, to form a strong physical and emotional bond. 

For now visitor or non-essential staff members are not being allowed to enter the Elephant Care Center.  The calf also does not have a name yet.  

She will get a name once the keepers get to know her a little better.  

Zoo officials have said they will narrow names down to two or three choices and then the public will get to decide on the final name for this bouncing baby girl. 

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