Kentucky zoo’s elephant calf has a name: Fitz

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FILE – This undated file photo provided by Kyle L. Shepherd shows a young elephant calf born this summer at the Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Ky. The 2 1/2-month-old elephant calf born at the Kentucky zoo is now known as Fitz, the namesake of a woman who was a fan of the pachyderms. (Kyle L. Shepherd via AP, File)

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — A 2 ½-month-old elephant calf born at a Kentucky zoo is now known as Fitz, the namesake of a woman who was a fan of the pachyderms.

The Louisville Zoo said the winner of its fundraising vote was Kristin Hays of Prospect for the name she submitted after her great-grandmother, who loved elephants. Zoo spokeswoman Kyle Shepherd said Hays originally said it was her great-grandfather but later said her sister corrected her.

The contest raised $6,000 for the zoo. Norton Children’s Hospital sponsored the naming contest for the calf born Aug. 2. And 23-month-old heart transplant recipient Eli Alexander and his family unveiled the winning name Tuesday.

FILE – This undated file photo provided by Kyle L. Shepherd shows a young elephant calf born this summer at the Louisville Zoo in Louisville, Ky. The 2 1/2-month-old elephant calf born at the Kentucky zoo is now known as Fitz, the namesake of a woman who was a fan of the pachyderms. (Kyle L. Shepherd via AP, File)

Fitz and his mother, Mikki, are on exhibit daily.

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(This story was originally published on October 23, 2019)

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