Hungarians vote en masse... to name baby elephant
Published on Feb 27, 2013 6:00 AM
BUDAPEST (AFP) - 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 on Tuesday.
Since her birth on Feb 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 75kg and was 85cm tall on arrival.
The poll, which closed on Monday, offered a choice of six names - Asha, Anita, Angyal, Amelie, and Aishwarya - all beginning with A to honour her mother Angele.