Israel’s New Baby Boy

baby elephantAfter a two-year pregnancy and a dramatic 10-hour birth process, transplanted Thai elephant Tamar has given birth to a son Saturday at the Jerusalem Tisch Family Zoological Gardens. (Someone get that woman a bathtub-sized cocktail!)

Tamar’s handlers opted for artificial insemination to ensure conception, and the result is the first of its kind for Israel and on the 10th worldwide. Apparently Tamar had fertility issues in captivity, like so many Jewish women who put off motherhood to advance their careers.

The very adorable baby pachyderm has not yet been named, though quite a few Israeli companies would like to “sponsor” him in exchange for long-term wrinkly gray advertising.

A bris seems unlikely — not that there’s a mohel brave enough.

Photo: Alex Kolomoisky/Pool

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