Sabu the Elephant Back at Cincinnati Zoo

CINCINNATI  - Sabu is back home at the Cincinnati Zoo.

The 20-year-old, 10,000-pound male Asian elephant has been on loan through the zoo's breeding program for the past 10 years, first to the Louisville Zoo and then to the Dickerson Park Zoo in Springfield, Mo., where he fathered a female calf named Nisha.

Sabu actually has been back since last fall. But Cincinnati Zoo officials kept him out of sight to let him get reacclimated, not letting the public see him until Friday.

The zoo has three other elephants, all females, including Jati, who produced a calf with Sabu in 1998.

The calf was sent to the Columbus Zoo in 2003 and died there in 2005.

Officials say they are again pairing Sabu and Jati in hopes of producing another calf at the zoo.

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