PORTLAND, Ore. — There’s a new kid on the block at the Oregon Zoo. Rose-Tu, the Zoo’s 18-year-old Asian elephant, gave birth to a 300-pound female calf at the Oregon Zoo at 2:17 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 30.
“We’re all delighted at the arrival of Rose-Tu’s new calf,” said Kim Smith, Oregon Zoo director. “The calf is beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous. As soon as she hit the ground — before she was even out of the amniotic sac — she was wiggling. And she’s vocalizing loudly. The first time we heard her, the sound was so deep and loud that we thought it was Shine. She’s definitely got a great set of pipes, and it looks like she’s going to be a real pistol.”
Rose-Tu was in labor for more than 30 hours and after a pregnancy of 21 months, is probably looking for some rest. Before visitors are allowed to see the baby, the staff at the Zoo will work to strengthen the bond between mom and daughter.
Although the calf does not have a name yet, Zoo staff will choose a short list of possible names and the zoo’s elephant fans will have a chance to vote online, the same way they helped name big brother Samudra in 2008.
Counting the new calf, 28 elephants have been born at the zoo, beginning with Packy in 1962.