Oregon Zoo elephant gives birth to 300-pound baby girl

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Oregon Zoo elephant Rose-Tu gave birth to a 300-pound female calf Friday morning just before 2:30 a.m.

“We’re all delighted at the arrival of Rose-Tu’s new calf,” zoo director Kim Smith said in a release. “The calf is beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous. As soon as she hit the ground — before she was even out of the amniotic sac — she was wiggling. And 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.”

Rose-Tu is doing well after 30 hours of labor, according to the zoo.

Staff will select a list of possible names and give people a chance to vote online.

For more information, visit the Oregon Zoo website.