There has been much hubbub around Lily the baby elephant that technically belonged to a traveling elephant company, Have Trunk Will Travel. On Feb. 8 KXL News and Radio Station reports that Lily officially belongs to the Oregon Zoo now.
The contract between Have Trunk Will Travel and the Oregon Zoo stated that official ownership of Lily belonged to the elephant group but the Zoo would get to keep her there with her mother and father. According to the group, loaning out elephants was a standard practice for those that didn't have their own male elephants.
Through various resources available to the Zoo they were able to purchase Lily and her father, Tusko, who Have Trunk Will Travel also owned. Zoo officials say that they never questioned where Lily would end up living. The contract that the Oregon Zoo previously had with Have Trunk Will Travel claimed that every other elephant fathered by their elephant Tusko would belong to them. Lily was Tusko's second baby, Samudra being the first. With the purchase of both elephants, all future babies of Tusko will belong to the Oregon Zoo.
Are you pleased that the baby gets to stay at the Oregon Zoo?