The Oregon Zoo announced the name of its new baby elephant Monday morning, choosing the name Lily over four other finalists.
Rose-Tu gave birth to the 300-pound bundle of joy Nov. 30. The baby elephant has been described as "beautiful, healthy, tall and very vigorous."
Voters chose Lily over the following four names:
- Jaidee (Thai for "good-hearted")
- Sirikit (name for Thai royalty, literal meaning is "glorious")
- Rakhi (Sanskrit for "love/bond between siblings")
- Siddhi (Sanskrit for "perfection"; wife of Ganesha)
Of the 50,764 votes submitted through Sunday afternoon, Lily received 30,037 — nearly 60 percent. Jaidee was the runner-up, receiving close to 21 percent of the online votes, while Rakhi was a distant third with a little more than 7 percent. Siddhi (6.5 percent) and Sirikit (around 6 percent) rounded out the ballot.
There's still no word yet on when the new baby will be ready for visitors.
Keepers say she is eating and sleeping well, and seems to have quite a personality.
"This calf's definitely not shy," said Bob Lee, the zoo's elephant curator. "When she and Samudra first met, she rushed up to him to touch trunks. Mom had to hold her back a little. She also made a big impression on her auntie Shine. Shine makes this cool chirping vocalization when she's excited. As soon as she saw the calf, there was a lot of chirping going on."
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