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There’s a new girl in town and she’s hanging out at the Toledo Zoo.

Twiggy the elephant made her debut at her new home in the zoo’s African Savannah May 7. The 25-year-old female African elephant, which arrived at the zoo in February, had been living in a private facility. When the U.S. Department of Agriculture determined that conditions there were not meeting her needs, they chose the Toledo Zoo to house her, due in part to its reputation for excellent elephant care.

When she arrived, she was noticeably thinner than other female elephants her age, and she exhibited certain stereotypic behaviors, most notably rocking. Twiggy underwent an initial quarantine period then began the process of being introduced to her new home and the zoo’s elephants, 7-year-old Louie and his mother, 31-year-old Renee.  Twiggy has been under the care of the zoo’s elephant and veterinary staff, receiving the ideal nutrition and foot care. In her time at the zoo, Twiggy has gained about 500 pounds and her behavior has demonstrated that she is adjusting very well to her new environment and level of care. In addition, her stereotypic behaviors have been markedly reduced.

The introductions are going very well, especially considering that Twiggy had not been in a social situation for quite a while, the zoo staff reports.

Twiggy has been living in the recently completed first phase of the zoo’s new elephant facility, which will offer the elephants great opportunities for enrichment, exercise and overall care. The facility was made possible through funding from the 2006 Capital Levy supported by Lucas County voters.

For more information, visit www.toledozoo.org or call 419- 385-4040.

There’s a new queen of baby names. Isabella took the crown from last year’s winner, Emma, to claim the top girl baby name of 2009, Social Security reports.

Jacob continued his remarkable run by holding onto the top boy name for the 11th year in a row over a new number two for boys, Ethan. New to the top 10 this year for boys are Jayden and Noah, and for girls, Mia. 

The top girls’ names, in order of popularity include Isabella, Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava, Emily, Madison, Abigail, Chloe and Mia. For boys, top names were Jacob, Ethan, Michael, Alexander, William, Joshua, Daniel, Jayden, Noah and Anthony.

A favorite feature of Social Security’s baby names website is the “Change in Name Popularity” page. This year’s winner for the biggest jump is Maliyah, which undoubtedly is related to the popularity of the First Family. Malia (the spelling used by the First Daughter), also is one of the top 10 fastest risers among girls names.

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Drop-side cribs have been responsible for 32 deaths over the past nine years and suspected in 14 others, the Consumer Product Safety Commission reports.

As part of its effort to rid homes of unsafe cribs, the agency is again warning about the hazards of drop-side cribs. In the last five years, the CPSC has announced 11 recalls involving more than 7 million drop-side cribs due to suffocation and strangulation hazards. The latest recall was made earlier this month.

Of the 32 deaths associated with the cribs, the CPSC said that some occurred in cribs where the drop side detached without caregivers noticing, while others occurred after a parent tried to repair the detached drop side, but the repair failed. In other incidents, crib owners unknowingly installed the drop side or drop-side hardware incorrectly. This may have occurred because of incorrect or confusing directions. In such cases, the drop side appeared to work as intended, but the stress on the crib hardware resulted in the drop side detaching.

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