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Photo: A 220-pound bundle of joy

Baby Uli stands next to his mother Sabie in the elephant enclosure at the zoo in Wuppertal, Germany, on Jan. 18, 2011. Photo: AP/Frank Augstein

This week, the Wuppertal Zoo in Germany welcomed its newest addition — a 220-pound African elephant. Baby Uli was born at 3 a.m. after a three-hour labor last Sunday. Elephants have a longer pregnancy than any other mammal, averaging 22 months. His mother, Sabie, carried him for 670 days.

Uli, who stands 3 feet tall, will have a playmate soon, as another elephant at the zoo, Punda, is also expecting a baby. Punda gave birth to Bongi, the first elephant calf born in the Wuppertal Zoo, back in 2005. Since then, the zoo has had several more elephant births including Kibo, Tika and Tamo.

UPDATED | Monday, Jan. 24

Uli’s new half-brother Shavu was born last Thursday. Here is a photo of them on their first get together earlier today!

Baby Shavu, on the left, was born 4 days after Baby Uli. They both share the same father Tusker. Photo: AP/Martin Meissner

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