OK, so Portlanders get a little sentimental about our elephants. In 1962 Packy was the first Asian Elephant born in the Western hemisphere in 44 years. He is the largest Asian Elephant in the US, weighing in at 13,500 pounds. He has fathered 7 of his own calves, out of the 28 others born at the zoo in those years. I remember seeing Packy when he was just a little guy, and it was huge news! The Oregon Zoo has the most successful Elephant breeding program in the world. Rose Tu, who was born at the zoo in 1994, had a baby two weeks ago. It was her first, and at first she didn't know what it was or what to do with it, so she had to be seperated from him for the first two days until the zookeepers and her zoo sisters helped her figure it out. Here's a video of her and her baby getting the first check up. OMG, it is so cute! Elephant baby names are always selected by the public, and I thought that you guys might like to help out. You can vote online (and see the photos!) until next Thursday. I have got to tell you, those babies are just the most adorable things! Steely, if you make it up to our area this fall or winter, we will definitely have to go see the baby. I am voting for "Samudra". They will call him "Sam" for short.