Born at a mere 215 pounds, this preemie is thriving - KMSP-TV

Born at a mere 215 pounds, this preemie is thriving

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IN POLK COUNTY'S GREEN SWAMP (FOX 13) -

Deep in Polk County's Green Swamp, Ringling's Center for Elephant Conservation has something to celebrate.

Baby "Mike" was just born to his mom Angelica.

When they are born, males usually weigh in at about 350 pounds. Mike arrived early and weighed about 214 pounds.

None of that seems to be slowing him down. At just one month old now, he is exploring the world around him and mimicking whatever his mom does.

Mike will probably stay at the center for elephant conservation to father his own babies one day.

Click on the player to see Ken Suarez's full report.

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