Want to help name the Oregon Zoos new baby elephant? Zoo elephant keepers are asking the community to choose a name for the week-old female calf born to Rose-Tu.
People who want to help can go online (http://www.oregonzoo.org ) and choose from five names:
Jaidee (Thai for good-hearted)
Sirikit (name for Thai royalty, literal meaning is glorious)
Rakhi (Sanskrit for love/bond between siblings)
Lily (following the flower theme of moms name, Rose-Tu, or Rose for short)
Siddhi (Sanskrit for perfection; wife of Ganesha)
The outpouring support for the zoo and its newest resident has been incredible, said Kim Smith, zoo director. Rose-Tu and her calf are doing well. Theyre bonding and comfortable with each other. Now its time to give the calf a name that suits her.
Votes will be accepted through 5 p.m., Sunday, Dec. 9. The zoo will announce the winning name on Monday, Dec. 10.
The calf, born Nov. 30 at 2:17 a.m., weighed a hefty 300 pounds at birth and has been described by zoo animal-care staff as a spitfire.
It might still take a little time before the new baby is ready for visitors though.
The main thing determining that will be the strength of the bond between Rose-Tu and the calf, said Bob Lee, the zoos elephant curator. Rose should allow the calf to nurse regularly, sleep, play and generally act like a calf without trying to stop it and control its movements. Then well determine whether shes calm and comfortable with staff around. And finally, we want to make sure the calf has had a chance to bond with the rest of the herd.