PORTLAND, Ore. - People from across the region traveled to the Oregon Zoo Saturday to catch their first glimpse of the baby elephant born to Rose-Tu last weekend.
Many stood in line for hours to get their turn at seeing the zoo's newest Asian elephant in 14 years. Once they entered the viewing area, they spoke in whispers and snapped lots of photos.
Zoo officials say the calf continues to get stronger and is a "good eater." He weighs 286 pounds and is bonding more with his mother, who welcomed him into the world by kicking and stomping on him. She was kept apart from him for several days as officials tried to make sure she would not hurt the infant.
Zoo officials believe she was aggressive because she was confused by the birth.
There was no word on how the zoo will choose his name, though they are getting plenty of suggestions.
- The Associated Press contributed to this report