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Baby Elephant at the Oregon Zoo

Cute Alert: It's an El-Infant!

Keeping elephants in zoos is controversial. Some people say they shouldn't be in captivity, others say allowing people to see endangered animals makes them care about their continued survival. I don't know enough about it to say, but I do know that it's touching to see this tiny (by elephant standards!) baby elephant finally bonding with his mother, Rose-Tu (who had been a little rough with him at the beginning). Zookeepers kept watch to make sure that Rose-Tu was gentle with the little one and according to this news story, "The calf leaned against her wrinkled side, and she gathered him between her front legs, a sign of affection." Cute!

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xXFurygeistXx xXFurygeistXx 8 years
Dang, busy lil dude, ain't he?
Martini-Rossi Martini-Rossi 8 years
awww hes so flippin' cute!!!!!!!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
cute!
SassAndBide SassAndBide 8 years
cute!
Jabbadoo Jabbadoo 8 years
Awwww so cute! And that little trunk!
michigan michigan 8 years
It's not easy being sooo little!
pink-elephant pink-elephant 8 years
awwwwwwwwwww! so cute! elephants are my favorite animal. (well, obviously.)
GiggleSugar GiggleSugar 8 years
Jessie, that is so cool! And that's a beautiful name. :)
jessie jessie 8 years
it was actually my sons class who named this adorable baby....samudra....kudos to the first grade class at sweetbriar elementry!! :)
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