Baby elephant gets her name: Achara

Ponca City Now - January 13, 2015 8:53 am

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) – An Asian elephant born last month at the Oklahoma City Zoo finally has a name.

Zoo officials say the elephant will be called Achara (A-ka-ra) after the name received about 13,000 votes on the zoo’s website.

The name is of Thai origin and means "pretty angel."

Other names considered were Biju, an Indian word that means awesome, and Divya, which also is an Indian word that means divine.

Achara has spent little time outdoors since her Dec. 22 birth because of cold temperatures. She is expected to go outside more when temperatures are about 55 degrees.

Achara is the second elephant born at the zoo since 2011. Her half-sister, Malee, was born in 2011.


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