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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