200,000 Hungarians vote to name first elephant born in zoo since 1961

By Agence France-Presse
Tuesday, February 26, 2013 16:26 EDT
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A-week-old baby elephant walks with its French mother Angele at Budapest Zoo and Botanic Garden on February 21, 2013. (AFP)
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The first elephant born in Budapest’s zoo since 1961 has been named Asha following a public vote in which over 200,000 people took part, the zoo said Tuesday.

Since her birth on February 14, Valentine’s Day, Asha’s progress at the 147-year-old zoo has been closely followed by a star-struck Hungarian public.

Born three months earlier than expected, Asha — whose Sanskrit name means “hope” — weighed 75 kilograms (165 pounds) and was 85 centimetres (2.78 feet) tall on arrival.

The poll, which closed Monday, offered a choice of six names – Asha, Anita, Angyal, Amelie, and Aishwarya – all beginning with A to honour her mother Angele.

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