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