Portland Zoo hopes to keep new Elephant offspring
Perris company holds rights to baby elephant born at Portland Zoo
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.
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