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Baby elephant watch continues: Rose Tu still in early labor

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PORTLAND, OR (KPTV) -

Oregon Zoo elephant Rose Tu is showing clear signs of early labor as the baby elephant watch continues around the Portland metro area.

The elephant, who zookeepers said took a nap overnight, is in her 22nd month of pregnancy and has started showing signs of discomfort, an event that usually indicates labor will begin within 24 hours.

Once Rose Tu enters labor, the birth will not happen right away. In fact, it could be another day or two before the baby arrives.

When Rose Tu gave birth for the first time in 2008, her labor lasted 36 hours. The active labor for Asian elephants usually lasts for at least 12 hours.

Zoo workers are watching Rose Tu around the clock. They said any number of complications can arise during the birth of a baby elephant.

"Rose is still happily munching on hay and bamboo," said elephant curator Bob Lee. "We're not too concerned about how much time it takes as long as Rose and her baby are safe and healthy."

This will be the 28th elephant born at the Oregon Zoo, which has one of the most successful breeding programs in the world.

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