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Public to choose name for elephant born at Oklahoma City Zoo

The Oklahoma City Zoo is letting the public vote on what to name the new Asian elephant calf. The three options are Malee, Annika and Hanako.
BY CARRIE COPPERNOLL Published: April 21, 2011

The Oklahoma City Zoo is asking the public to choose the name for the new Asian elephant calf.

Online voters will be allowed to select from three names:

Malee, pronounced “MAY-lee,” is Thai for flower or jasmine. This is the name the zookeepers prefer.

Annika, pronounced “AH-nik-uh,” is Dutch for favor or grace.

Hanako, pronounced “HAH-nuh-koh,” is Japanese for flower girl.

Voting will be online at

Polls close May 6. The winning name will be announced on Mother's Day, May 8.

The 304-pound Asian elephant calf was born Friday night to mother Asha. The calf is the first elephant born at the Oklahoma City Zoo.

Asha's sister, Chandra, has had the chance to smell and touch the calf as part of an introduction between the two.

The mother and calf will remain under surveillance for the coming days as zookeepers continue to monitor their health.

Oklahoma City Zoo: Name the baby Elephant Nation