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Baby Asian elephant at Tokyo's Ueno zoo given Thai name 'Arun'

A young Asian elephant, who was recently named "Arun," is shown in this photo taken on Dec. 13, 2020, provided by the Tokyo Zoological Park Society.

TOKYO -- A male Asian elephant born at the October at the Ueno Zoological Gardens in the capital's Taito Ward has been named "Arun," following a public vote.

    The young elephant's name is a Thai word, apparently meaning "dawn" or "daybreak," as his parents were born in Thailand.

    The zoo called on the public to choose between three names in voting that took place online and at the zoo between Nov. 26 and Dec. 13. "Arun" gathered the highest number of votes with 12,044, followed by "Tawan," which means "sun" in Thai, which collected 7,554 votes, and "Atsadong," which means "setting sun," or "sunset," which received 1,381 votes.

    Although the young elephant had initially been shown to the public for about two hours a day, as the calf has been in a calm state as of late, the viewing time has currently been extended to between 9:30 a.m. and around 3 p.m.

    (Japanese original by Asako Takeuchi, City News Department)

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