First look at baby elephant set for Friday

First look at baby elephant set for Friday

PORTLAND, Ore. -- The public will get its first glance Friday of the Oregon Zoo's baby elephant, Lily.

Rose-Tu and her new calf will be together in the indoor viewing area of the zoo's Asian elephant exhibit. Viewing hours are between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.

The zoo will allow 30 people at a time to see mother and daughter for five-minute increments, officials said.

No flash photography will be permitted in the viewing area, and zoo officials ask guests to remain quiet to avoid frightening Rose-Tu and Lily.

Lily, whose name was chosen by public vote, was born Nov. 30, weighing 300 pounds. The calf now weights 316 pounds and is a little more than three feet tall at the shoulder, zoo officials said.

Zoo staff have described her as a "spitfire."

Controversy arose earlier this month when The Seattle Times broke a story that Lily belongs to a traveling circus. In response, zoo officials said that while the traveling show, Have Trunk Will Travel, does have an ownership agreement with the zoo, the Oregon Zoo is certain Lily will stay there.