Pittsburgh Zoo Elephant Shunned by Herd, Moving
PITTSBURGH (AP) — A 10-year-old male elephant at the Pittsburgh Zoo & PPG Aquarium is moving to Alabama because of peer pressure of sorts.
The female herd has begun to exclude Callee in a phenomenon that occurs naturally as male elephants mature.
On Friday, Callee will be taken off display to prepare to move to the Birmingham Zoo. There, he'll live with other males.
Pittsburgh Zoo elephant manager Willie Thieson (THEE'-son) says he knew it was time for the move when even Callee's mother began to push him away. Shunned male elephants form their own group and reunite with females only during breeding time.
Callee's departure will leave the Pittsburgh Zoo with six elephants, plus three more at a rural conservation center in Somerset County.
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