PORTLAND -- The Oregon Zoo released five names Monday for a public vote on what to call elephant Rose-Tu's calf that was born last week.
Here are the five names that the public gets to choose from:
- 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 mom’s name, Rose-Tu, or Rose for short)
- Siddhi (Sanskrit for “perfection”; wife of Ganesha)
Votes will be accepted online, through the Oregon Zoo website, through Sunday, Dec. 9, at 5 p.m. The zoo will announce the winning name on Monday, Dec. 10.
“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. They’re bonding and comfortable with each other. Now it’s time to give the calf a name that suits her.”
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Born at 300 pounds, the female calf now trots around with mom, zoo officials said. The baby also met older brother Samudra and trunk-bumped.
“The calf is beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous,” said Kim Smith, Oregon Zoo director. “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.”
Smith said the calf is nursing well, and that Rose-Tu has been very attentive to her.
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