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Oregon Zoo Officials Keeping Watchful Eye On Rose-Tu

OPB | Nov. 29, 2012 12:50 p.m. | Portland

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Sammy Brenner

Portland’s most-watched elephant Rose-Tu went into labor last Saturday at the Oregon Zoo. It can take up to 13 days for an elephant to deliver after she first goes into labor.

Curator Bob Lee works with pregnant Asian elephant Rose-Tu at the Oregon Zoo. Rose-Tu is expected to enter active labor within the next 24 hours.

Curator Bob Lee works with pregnant Asian elephant Rose-Tu at the Oregon Zoo. Rose-Tu is expected to enter active labor within the next 24 hours.

Michael Durham / Oregon Zoo

Director of Elephant Habits at the Zoo Mike Keele says Rose-Tu is doing extremely well and thinks she’ll give birth within the next couple of days.

He explained, “We do believe that Rose is at the beginning stages of labor, and probably about to go into another stage of it. We are seeing quite a bit of fetal movement and some minor contractions along with that,” he said.

Keele says the elephant’s appetite hasn’t decreased and she is getting good rest throughout the night.

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