Portland Zoo hopes to keep new Elephant offspring

Perris company holds rights to baby elephant born at Portland Zoo

POSTED: 08:58 AM PST Dec 04, 2012    UPDATED: 06:00 AM PST Dec 04, 2012 
PORTLAND, Ore. -

The Oregon Zoo hopes to retain possession of the baby elephant that was born Friday in Portland, but it won't own the animal.

The zoo confirms a report in The Seattle Times that the calf is owned by a Perris, Calif., company called Have Trunk Will Travel under a breeding contract that sent the father, Tusko, to the zoo in 2005.  

Under the agreement, the zoo kept the first calf born to Rose-Tu. That was Samudra in 2008.

The company gets the second, fourth and sixth offspring. 

A zoo public information specialist, Hova Najarian, told KGW  that although Have Trunk Will Travel will own the calf after 30 days, zoo officials hope it will remain at the zoo.  

A name is to be chosen through an online vote.