The baby elephant at the Oregon Zoo is ready to meet the public.
Lily was born Nov. 30. Starting Friday, Rose Tu and her new calf will be together in the indoor viewing gallery of the zoo's Asian elephant exhibit.
Viewing hours are from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., though zookeepers said those times could change. If zoo workers believe the elephants need additional quiet time, visitor viewing could be closed. Changes will be posted as quickly as possible on the zoo's website.
While viewing hours are available, 30 people at a time will be admitted to the gallery for five minutes each.
Flash photography is not allowed and guests will be asked to remain quiet to avoid frightening Rose Tu and Lily.
Volunteers will be on hand to answer questions.
Lily was born weighing 300 pounds and is now up to 316. She is a little more than 3' tall at the shoulder. Keepers say she is eating and sleeping well and Rose Tu has shown good maternal instincts.
Guests planning to visit the baby elephant are encouraged to bring baby shower gifts for human babies in need. Children's Relief Nursery will be collecting donations at the zoo throughout the weekend. Needed items include diapers in sizes 3, 4, 5 and pull-ups, along with books, games and new car seats.
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