Columbus Zoo’s baby elephant Frankie experiences first swim lesson

The Columbus Zoo’s 10-week-old baby Asian elephant experienced his first swimming lesson this weekend.Zoo officials

The Columbus Zoo’s 10-week-old baby Asian elephant experienced his first swimming lesson this weekend.Zoo officials said mother elephant, Phoebe, gave the calf named Frankie his first swimming lesson and said it went “very well.”**Watch in video player above: Columbus Zoo’s baby Asian elephant explores outside for first time**The baby elephant was named Frankie last week.The elephant received his name from a donor family who prefers to remain anonymous. The donor family chose the name Frankie to honor their mother Frances who died in November. Frances’s grandchildren called her Granny Franny.Frances’s family is pleased to name the elephant Frankie to honor their mother and to contribute to elephant conservation.Frankie was born to 33-year-old Asian elephant Phoebe at 8:48 p.m. on June 16. Zoo officials said the calf is a boy and that he appears to be strong. He was nursing shortly after birth.Earlier last week, the baby Asian elephant ventured outside for the first time.”From climbing on the top of dirt hills to rolling around in the mud to drinking out of the pool, Phoebe’s calf had lots to see and do, while not venturing too far from mom, of course!” the zoo wrote on Facebook.You can watch a video of Frankie exploring his outdoor habitat for the first time in the video player above.Guests have the chance to see Phoebe and her calf at the Columbus Zoo every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The Columbus Zoo’s 10-week-old baby Asian elephant experienced his first swimming lesson this weekend.

Zoo officials said mother elephant, Phoebe, gave the calf named Frankie his first swimming lesson and said it went “very well.”

**Watch in video player above: Columbus Zoo’s baby Asian elephant explores outside for first time**

The baby elephant was named Frankie last week.

The elephant received his name from a donor family who prefers to remain anonymous. The donor family chose the name Frankie to honor their mother Frances who died in November. Frances’s grandchildren called her Granny Franny.

Frances’s family is pleased to name the elephant Frankie to honor their mother and to contribute to elephant conservation.

Frankie was born to 33-year-old Asian elephant Phoebe at 8:48 p.m. on June 16. Zoo officials said the calf is a boy and that he appears to be strong. He was nursing shortly after birth.

Earlier last week, the baby Asian elephant ventured outside for the first time.

“From climbing on the top of dirt hills to rolling around in the mud to drinking out of the pool, Phoebe’s calf had lots to see and do, while not venturing too far from mom, of course!” the zoo wrote on Facebook.

You can watch a video of Frankie exploring his outdoor habitat for the first time in the video player above.

Guests have the chance to see Phoebe and her calf at the Columbus Zoo every day from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.