PORTLAND, Ore. The
Oregon Zoo has welcomed to the world a healthy, 300-pound bundle of joy.
Curators say Asian
elephant Rose-Tu has given birth to a female calf.
The zoo says the birth
came at 2:17 a.m. Friday, and the youngster is healthy, vigorous and loud, or
as zoo Director Kim Smith put it: "She's definitely got a great set of
The zoo says the newborn
has begun nursing.
The public won't be able
to see the calf until its mother has established a maternal bond, she's
comfortable with staff members and she has a chance to bond with the rest of
The zoo says the baby's
name the public will help naming the baby elephant through an online vote.
The calf is Rose-Tu's second and the zoo's 28th, beginning with Packy in