Modifications to a road construction project have apparently assisted in the successful birth of an elephant at the Oregon Zoo in Portland. The Asian Elephant Rose-tu gave birth to a 300-pound calf on Friday. Zoo officials said the public will choose a name later.
Here’s what we reported last May:
The Oregon Zoo’s elephant exhibit is very close to a road the Oregon DOT was planning to repave during the summer. Some of the heaviest construction was scheduled, coincidentally, to occur during a critical period in the 22-month gestation period of Rose-tu, the Zoo’s Asian Elephant. Construction noise and vibration could have a negative impact on the pregnancy. Because there is a high death rate for baby elephants in captivity, the road project greatly concerned Oregon Zoo officials.
ODOT agreed to modify the construction plan to have the least possible impact on Rose-tu. The accommodation didn’t sound to be particularly expensive. It’s a new chapter in “reasonable accommodation.”
Elephant birth: plenty of drama but little danger; Oregon Zoo mom, calf doing well, The Oregonian.
Our original story: Oregon Road Project Modified to Protect Pregnant Elephant, and the source for that story: “Oregon Zoo’s pregnant elephant makes ODOT’s busy road construction season a little wilder,” Joseph Rose, The Oregonian