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.