Three female Asian elephants took up residence at the Smithsonian's National Zoo in Washington after a 2,500-mile (4,000-kilometer) road trip from western Canada. Sri Lanka-born Kamala and Swarna, both 39, and Kamala's Canadian-born daughter Maharani, 23, are joining the National Zoo's own four elephants after a week traversing North America in two trucks accompanied by zookeepers and veterinarians. "It's going to be very exciting to see the two herds get to know each other and form a new herd here," National Zoo elephant curator Tony Barthel said in a statement. The Calgary Zoo in Alberta announced in 2012 that it wanted to relocate its elephants, citing the city's cold climate, an inability to expand and a desire to see them live in a bigger herd.
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