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Mom and child are part of zoo's elephant herd

Mom and child are part of zoo's elephant herd
Posted at 7:10 PM, Mar 14, 2016
and last updated 2016-03-14 20:13:31-04

The six elephants from Africa are getting used to their new home at the Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium. It'll likely be weeks until they are available for public viewing, but the zoo is posting pictures and videos on its social media outlets. 

Today Omaha's zoo shared a Facebook message with a picture of two elephants, a mom and daughter.

The elephants are starting to explore their new home! A favorite so far: the 12 overhead hay baskets. These hay baskets...

Posted by Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium on Monday, March 14, 2016

The message said the elephants' favorite thing so far seems to be 12 overhead hay baskets. They operate on a timer and fall at various times. 

The post said the pictured mother and daughter spent some time taking a stroll together in the herd room. 

There are six elephants total, five females and one male. 

Zoos in Dallas and Wichita also got elephants from Swaziland, Africa. 

SEE ALSO: 'A lot of logistics' for transporting elephants, says Omaha's Zoo director

Some animal rights groups did object to the animals coming to the U.S. The zoos say they faced drought and poor living conditions in Africa so coming to the U.S. is a better option for them. 

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