Keep Oregons baby elephant with her mother: Keep the baby from traveling shows
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Keep Oregons baby elephant with her mother: Keep the baby from traveling shows

    1. Terra Trent
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      Terra Trent

      Ann Arbor, MI

Mothers and babies have a bond for a lifetime. Take that away and you have truly given the mother nothing to live for.

Will Oregon Zoo's prized baby elephant end up in a traveling show? By: Pete Thomas, Last Friday the Oregon Zoo proudly announced that its prized Asian elephant, Rose-Tu, had given birth to a 300-pound baby girl. The news made international headlines and a public campaign was launched to name the newborn elephant, the second child for mother Rose.

What zoo officials did not disclose in any news releases was the fact that they do not own the baby elephant, and that she might become separated from her family and end up in a traveling show.
Oregon zoo's baby elephant walks alongside her mother less than a week after being born. Image posted below is from just after the birth. Credit: Oregon ZooThe Seattle Times reported Monday that the newborn is the property of Have Trunk Will Travel, a private company that "rents out pachyderms to the entertainment industry, stages circuslike events and offers elephant rides at $500 an hour."

Have Trunk Will Travel owns Tusko, the father of both of Rose-Tu's offspring, but Tusko resides at the Oregon Zoo. Under terms of a contract between Have Trunk Will Travel and the zoo, the former company is entitled to the second, fourth and sixth offspring produced by the pair of adults.

The Times reported that its discovery of the breeding contract "highlights the dark side of elephant captivity, in which zoos are desperate to breed more elephants at any cost" because of their immense popularity as show animals.

Have Trunk Will Travel, which is located in Perris, Calif., has come under fire from animal rights groups for the manner by which its elephants are trained.

The Oregon Zoo, however, is saying that the baby elephant will stay put. After acknowledging the existence of the breeding contract, issued a statement to Times reporter Michael J. Berens, stating:

"The contract is valid. As per the agreement, official designation of ownership take effect after the calf has lived 30 days. Once that happens, the Oregon Zoo will be in a discussion with Have Trunk Will Travel regarding ownership, and it is the zoo's intention to retain Rose-Tu's calf."

On Tuesday the zoo held a news conference to deal with the fallout of the Times' story. Zoo director Kim Smith is quoted by King 5 News as saying: "They can't come here and take an animal. The zoo and Have Trunk have a positive relationship and the company also wants to have the calf remain at the zoo."

Kari Johnson, who co-owns Have Trunk Will Travel with her husband, Gary, told the Times that they were looking forward to visiting the newborn elephant and added that details regarding her future had not yet been worked out.

Meanwhile, publicly, the zoo still wears a happy face regarding their prized new addition. A large headline on its website home page reads, "Welcome to the herd, baby!" And the naming contest continues, via public voting, with submissions such as Jaidee, Sirikit, Rakhi, Lily and Siddhi under consideration.

Voting concludes Sunday, and perhaps by then zookeepers will know more about whether the young elephant will be able to stay with her family, or end up in a traveling show.

In the wild, the bond between mother and daughter is lifelong.

Keep the baby from traveling shows. She/he needs to be with his/her mother because elephants are supposed to live with eachother and form strong bonds over a life time. Take that aawy and you are hurting the elephant survival rate and not helping it.

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    1. Decision-maker Terra responds:


      Protect this baby elephant!

    2. Reached 750 signatures


    Reasons for signing

    • lesley turnbull COLONIAL BEACH, VA
      • 9 months ago

      do not separate these two.

    • christine hornecker DIJON, FRANCE
      • over 1 year ago

      Les bébés animaux ont besoin de leur maman , comme les bébés humains . Nous sommes égaux !!

    • Nicola Grobe CRESCENT CITY, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      All baby animals and baby humans need to stay with their mothers at all times. It is extreme cruelty to separate the baby from the mother. It can traumatize the baby for life. Please keep all baby elephants with their mothers.

    • robyn b SAN DIEGO, CA
      • over 1 year ago

      Zoos are supposed to protect and care for animals, not send them to be tortured and have their spirit broken, chained in the dark for 23 hours a day and beaten the other hour!

      What has become of our zoos???

    • Carla Turner FORSYTH, MT
      • over 1 year ago

      Human beings are out of control & need to stop.Enough is enough.


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