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Elephant Mom Chooses Baby Name Because Animal Parents Are Just Like Us

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On Tuesday, elephant mom, Matjeka, announced her baby's name at Lowry Park Zoo in Tampa, Florida.

Choosing a baby's name is a tough decision, but Matjeka seemed confident she picked the right one. "I meant what I said, and I said what I meant, her name will be Mavi, one hundred percent," the proud new mom told onlookers. (Or she would have, at least, in our Seussified dream version of the story.)

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Matjeka followed the recent baby-naming trend of crowd sourcing to land on the perfect name. First, an "elephant care team" picked five different possible names: Maswane, Mahlatsi, Mavi, Memeta and Mngani. Then, voters selected Mavi (which means "voices") and Mngani (which means "friend") as finalists in an online contest, WTSP reports.

Both names were then spelled out in carrots and mom ate the "Mavi" pile, declaring her choice.

While many celebrity parents go for unusual, often questionable names, Matjeka went the conventional route in the best interest of her child. "A person's a person, no matter how small," she (probably) said.

Click through the gallery below for adorable photos of Matjeka and Mavi.

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