The California-based traveling show that owns the rights to the elephant born last week at the Oregon Zoo says it won't take away the calf.

Kari Johnson owns Have Trunk Will Travel with her husband Gary. They struck a 2005 deal to bring the bull elephant Tusko to breed at the Oregon Zoo in exchange for ownership of the second, fourth and sixth calves he sired.

She wrote WW tonight to say the company, which rents out elephants to movie productions, weddings and regional fairs, never intended to claim the second calf born to Oregon Zoo elephant Rose-Tu.

"Have Trunk Will Travel has no intention and has never had any intention of coming to take Rose-Tu's calf," Johnson wrote. "Have Trunk Will Travel supports Oregon Zoo's vision for elephants and has great appreciation for the way they care for elephants. We are very proud of the significant contribution we have made together for Asian elephants."

"We could not be more excited about the birth of this new calf," she added.


The Seattle Times