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Oklahoma City Zoo announces name of new elephant calf

The name for the elephant calf blossomed from an online vote and was announced Wednesday in the Oklahoma City Zoo's new elephant habitat.
FROM STAFF REPORTS Modified: May 12, 2011 at 1:44 am •  Published: May 12, 2011


Thai name picked for elephant

The baby elephant born last month at the Oklahoma City Zoo has been named Malee.

Zoo officials announced the name at a ceremony Wednesday in the zoo's new elephant habitat. Malee (pronounced MAY-lee) was chosen in an online vote. Malee, which is Thai for flower or jasmine, garnered more than 70 percent of the 14,000 votes cast. Zoo officials billed Malee as the zookeepers' preference out of the three names offered. Other options were Annika and Hanako.