Oregon Zoo Director Kim Smith stopped short of saying the calf's tenure at the zoo was guaranteed and said the zoo, which is a non-profit organization, is in negotiations with the company to own the baby elephant. But she repeated several times that...
According to The Seattle Times, the Oregon Zoo has a valid contract with the traveling circus known as “Have Trunk Will Travel” and doesn’t have legal custody of the calf. The Times reports that the private company will assume ownership of new elephant baby in a month.
Rose-Tu and Samudra had a whole lot of fun splashing around in the water on Monday. The zoo sent us this adorable video of the pair. 'It's like Jamison Fountain for elephants!' the zoo's Media & Public Relations Officer, Hova Najarian, said in an email.
"We received more than 17,000 votes," the zoo's deputy director said. In the end, the name Samudra, Hindi for "lord of the ocean," got the most votes. The playful calf is fond of water and is now close to its mother after a rough start.
"We expected roaring and trumpeting, which we haven't heard," said Mike Keele, the zoo's deputy director and the Association of Zoos and Aquariums' species survival plan coordinator for Asian elephants. "The initial introductions were fairly quiet and calm."