Lil’ Hoser

Check out this tiny hoser over at the Oregon zoo. According to Sender-Inner Lauren I., they’re naming the little guy today! We’ll be sure to check back. I’d like to suggest: “José”.

Unless it’s a girl, then maybe “Phannie” or something?!



  1. Jennie Mello says:

    I love him.

  2. littllemiette says:


  3. Fatty McLumpkin or Peanut!

    Something sweet but simple like Flower for a lady!

  4. I wants eet! Ooooh, the stubbular swinging hose-nose! Ack! I am ded.

  5. warrior rabbit says:

    I love how he had difficulty navigating the curb. He’s all, wait, how do i, what IS this, so…just step over?

  6. how about the name “Baby Babar” – or is that too cheesey?

  7. juliagoolia says:

    I want a baby elephant! This video seriously makes me want to squeeze the little guy and kiss the top of his scratchy little head….awww so cute!!

  8. They have named him:

    Samudra (nickname Sam): Hindi for “lord of the ocean.” (The calf loves his baths!)

  9. Its like Matryoshka dolls (inside dolls), but elephantine.

  10. If a girl, Elle. If a boy, Shah Rukh. Definitely.

  11. Oh, that’s just the cutest pachy pup I’ve ever seen! Wow! And great name too.

  12. ZOMG I could watch this all day long!

  13. Awwwwwww!!! I remember when this little guy was born. It was a difficult birth, and Rose-tu, who had never seen a birth, got confused and frightened and started kicking the calf. They had to remove him, and he was inconsolable. There was a video of him crying for his mom, it was heartbreaking!! How wonderful that everything seems to have worked out so well! Elephants are the coolest, especially the babies. =)

  14. That is the teeniest ellafunt I has ever seen!!

  15. Mr. Splashy von Beluga Whalehouser!
    Mr. Splashy von Beluga Whalehouser!

  16. He’s a canadian?

  17. how about peaches?

  18. It’s going to be really funny when he gets too tall to walk under mom like that. *bonk*

    He’s so adorable.

  19. berthaservant you’re killin’ me over heah!

    OMG I LOVE elephants!They are so intelligent and gentle and social. They shed tears when they cry. The babies are so adorable!

  20. Tube-itha might do if “José” has a sister.

  21. what a beautiful happy family. want.

  22. He’s too big for my lap, but I sure would try to snorgle him! Ears!

  23. OH!!! Baby efalant! I want one. So cute & gangly. Makes me think of Dumbo.

  24. What a precious sight.

  25. Ahn! Elephants are the best! And such good mommies and aunties too. The li’l calf is too prosh for words.

  26. eeeeets so kewt when its laying down! And his family is so proud of him!!

  27. This is the best example of the rule about a thing accompanied by a smaller version of the thing is cute.

  28. Okay. I just watched that seven times in a row.

  29. My pick: Captain Hosington

  30. Lederhosen! (For some reason, “Little Hoser” made me think of that.)

  31. Now i love CUTE OVERLOAD in fact i often come here for solace after a rough day of dealing with things like the topic below. There are some things that are tragic and will never be cute and the captive breeding programs are one of them.There has been nothing but hoopla around the birth of this baby – a birth that went horribly wrong with Rose-2 trying to attack her newborn – kicking and stomping on it. It was an unheard of event in animal behavior. It is attributed to Rose being separated from her other herd members and the stress of captivity. (It took many days to re-introduce them and only after Rose was allowed contact with the other herd members and calmed down). When i read the giddy press about “LET’S NAME THE BABY!!!” in the local paper my first thought was why not name it Slave, or maybe Specimen? i have had to visit the zoo on many occasions and always visit the elephant enclosure to bear witness. i watch and weep as the elephants (often with a great chain around one ankle) rock and rock and rock and rock and rock. Zoo need to be closed down. A beautiful and elegant article in the Portland paper by Jonathan Nicholas says it all and far better than i can. He says it all with this quote:

    “It’s still a rite of parental passage to take kids to the zoo, exposing them to displays of institutionalized trauma, inviting them to gaze with wondrous eyes upon obvious suffering and interpret it as normal.”
    or read the rest of the article below.

    by Jonathan Nicholas, The Oregonian
    Sunday September 07, 2008, 4:03 PM
    Portland seems hugely proud of the new baby elephant at its zoo. What the city should feel is ashamed.

    The new calf is not really an elephant. It’s a caricature of an elephant, a shadow of an animal, a hapless beast that that all too soon will be exhibiting every known sign of severe trauma.

    The Oregonian
    A Rose-tu by any other name . . . an elephant . . .or a more shadow of one?
    The terrible truth is that the 300-pound infant over which we’re being invited to ooh and aah is a compromised creature in a contemptible cage. Putting such an animal on public display is as appalling today as it was in the time of the Romans.

    That was when zoos began, as the playthings of plutocrats. For thousands of years, potentates dispatched their armies hither and yon to pillage and plunder. Among the treasures hauled home were “exotic” creatures displayed to amuse the masses.

    Should Portland spend $30 million on a bigger and better cage for its elephants?
    Of course, anything less would be inhumane.
    Of course not, for God’s sake free the poor beasts
    What we need is a visioning process, some public hearings, then a blue ribbon commission to compile an environmental impact statement for an elephant sanctuary in the Tillamook Forest.
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    By the 1850s, this exhibitionist offshoot of imperialism had “evolved” into the municipal zoo, an institution that hurried to cover its freak show nakedness with the figleaf of an educational mission. In 1906, it must have been that passion for pedagogy that led the Bronx Zoo to exhibit a pygmy in a cage alongside its apes.

    It’s still a rite of parental passage to take kids to the zoo, exposing them to displays of institutionalized trauma, inviting them to gaze with wondrous eyes upon obvious suffering and interpret it as normal.

    Today, almost everyone in America over 40 has a searing image from childhood. It’s of a big cat in a small cage, the tiger pacing back and forth, back and forth, post-traumatic stress disorder made manifest.

    Today we have bigger cages, with caring keepers and native foliage and wading pools and interactive toys designed for environmental enrichment. But the bars are just as sturdy, the confinement just as cruel.

    Only once ever have I seen a happy tiger. She was in an Indian forest. The reason for her contentment was clear. She thought she was about to eat me.

    There are a whole series of myths perpetuated by modern zoos. Foremost is the notion that their work is critical to wildlife conservation. But it’s increasingly apparent that the creatures zoos are conserving are not wild animals at all. Their carefilly calibrated bredding programs are producing nothing more than semi-domesticated shadows of the animals’ true selves.

    Nowhere is this more apparent — or more tragic — than in the American community of elephants. There is much about wild elephants, most especially the ways in which they communicate across many miles, that still we barely comprehend. But this much we do know. In their native habitat, elephants are profoundly social creatures. They raise their young within extended family structures that stretch across decades. They bury their dead, mourn them, stand vigil over their graves.

    Gay Bradshaw, founder of The Kerulos Center in Jacksonville, is an ecologist and psychologist, formerly at Oregon State University, now pioneering the field of trans-species psychology. In a series of widely published papers, and an upcoming book from Yale University Press, she suggests that the global elephant population is suffering chronic post-traumatic stress, a species-wide affliction spurred by decades of poaching and culling and habitat loss.

    Much of this might sound like advanced anthropocentric conjecture, but recent research in psychology, ethology and neurobiology points to increasing numbers of elephants — in both captivity and the ever more abbreviated wild — exhibiting behaviors associated with acute psychological distress.

    This is the world in which a zoo elephant such as Portland’s Rose-tu might try to trample her newborn calf, behavior utterly new to the species.

    Portland has been in the zoo business since 1887. That was when a worker at City (now Washington) Park dug a bear pit and invited citizens to come by and ogle the grizzly. It’s now almost 50 years that the zoo has been in the business of breeding elephants. That’s long enough.

    If the people of Oregon, with their zoo tickets and tax dollars, really want to serve elephants, they should contribute to the restoration and preservation of native habitat for these magnificent creatures. If citizens really care about wild creatures, after all, there’s a simple solution.

    Let them run free.

  32. I love how the women are supervising him! What a cutiepie!! Negotiating that slope and everything… awwwww.

  33. Gwyllion:

    It is considered proper to post a link to a story, not c+p the whole story. In fact, some consider it improper use.

    Also, there is a polite way to inform people of your opinions without crapping on their joy. A baby elephant was born. It was difficult. But now it’s alive and cared for.

    To compare an animal born and cared for in captivity to the enslavement of a human being might be considered offensive to the millions of Americans whose ancestors were beaten, exploited, raped and murdered.

  34. well, that was a downer.

  35. They are so loving with their young.

  36. I’m thinking “Piper”.

  37. oooh i change my mind, what about nutterbutter?

  38. Name him Mancini! (or Harry…)I mean, he’s already got his own theme song!

  39. Yay! I love when elephants look happy in zoos, with animals that smart they can get depressed when bored. The grownups clearly are in love with the new baby!

  40. I still haven’t joined the throngs to go see him 😦 –maybe this weekend.

  41. The entire time I watched this I was saying, “Awwwwwww” and I didn’t even realize it. What a cutie-pie!

  42. Baron Trunky van Trunkleton, or Trunks O’Trunk.

  43. If it’s a girl? “Hoseanna.”

  44. pinky tuskadero!!

  45. Awwwww! He’s all:

    “Dewds! I cannot HANDLE this curb!”

  46. They named her/him Samudra.

  47. Name’s Samudra, Hindi for “lord of the ocean” ’cause he likes taking baths so much. :o)

  48. Mary (the first) says:

    And it’s a boy !:) Little Sam. YAY

  49. Baby elephants are sooo cute!

  50. scooterpants says:

    PJ we tried to go see him last wednesday and the line was 3-1/2 hours long!
    they were letting 30 people at a time in the viewing area. needless to say we did not wait in the line, in the hot sun, with all those stroller peoples , what a nightmare for a mom! I felt bad for them. ugh!
    i hate to say it but i think vids like this give you an even better look at him.
    I LOVE the way hes touching and testing everything and all his lil body parts to see how they feel/smell/work. and his mama and auntie are the BEST!

  51. Well my post got deleted – it was very long, and not a bit cute.

    Please go to this link:
    for a different perspective re: the ‘happiness’ of this baby elephant event.

  52. Well evidently he’s already gotten his name. I had an alternate name suggestion ready. Maybe we could save this for “the next baby [girl] elephant who loves both dust baths & regular baths”:
    [which also brings to mind, Dusty Springfield, an appropriately girly, bubbly personality …]

  53. I think Peanut would have been a great name! Good one.

  54. Look at that lil trunk flopping around! I’d name him “Tromboner”.

  55. OMG, I love the name! And the baby is so cute! I saw similar footage on the news this morning and almost died!

    If anyone wants to donate anything to the care of this little guy, go here and click on “donations:”

  56. Really? No one is going to talk about the ethics of keeping such a large animal is a zoo? We’re all just going to ooh and ah at the cute animal without any consideration about the life this animal will live? So many zoos are getting rid of their elephant exhibits and sending them to sanctuaries because they know that it is impossible to humanely keep an elephant. In the wild, they walk about 20 miles per day. And on grass. Not concrete. Send the poor family to the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary – a facility that actually cares about the well being of elephants. Google it. Then stop oohing and ahing at blatant cruelty.

  57. While the baby is very cute, the environment for these elephants is terrible. Hard packed ground and cement floors cause arthritis and foot rot in elephants and many captive elephants in zoos like this one succumb to these ailments and die earlier than they should. If you want to see elephants living as they should, visit or It’s nice that we find wild animals cute, but it’s important to consider the environments humans force animals like these to live in. These animals suffer for our pleasure.
    P.S. I have been involved in captive elephant rescue since 1993 and know a thing or two about circuses and zoo environments. Many zoos are realizing they are not suitable places for creatures like elephants and are releasing their captives to sanctuaries. Thanks for listening.

  58. Oh he is SOOOOOO cute. Baby elephants are the best!

  59. Thank heaven that this little toot is back with mama. His birth was quite horrible — and I watched that awful video where he wailed and wailed. I wept and wept along with him! (I’m from the south where no one cries alone!!) The zoo keepers were so tender with him while working so hard to educate mama on the fact that she’d given birth and needed to attend to her baby without trampling him.

    Oh Lesley, Lesley. This is actually only a portion of the elephant area, which is quite nice. Zoos are also involved in keeping many of these species alive, and many animals live longer in zoos than they do in the wild, which is why you are seeing things like arthritis, etc. I too have been involved in rescue, rehab, sanctuary, and ran one of the top wild animal release programs. Elephants do just fine in most modern zoos. (Circus elephants are often another story, sadly. As are zoos in many developing nations. Let’s focus the limited resources and energies of rescue on those instead of on ending good programs where animals are healthy and happy.)

  60. Ewkeyyyyyyy, so they seem to have taken down Lesley’s post so the second half of mine makes no sense. Theo, please edit accordingly. Gracias.

  61. Cue the Baby Elephant Walk music…

  62. You called him a hoser! Hahahahahahahahaha!!! Take off, eh?

  63. OK. I have to have that elephant. I’m serious. If I don’t get that elephant and just nom every single part of him, I’m going to die. Seriously. This is a very big problem.

  64. A Hoser can have no other name than Bob or Doug or McKenzie (for a girl).

  65. scooterpants, that’s what I figured–one reason I haven’t tried to go yet. I have prior experience, having lived in San Diego and waited in line to see baby pandas! Though I do have a book I’m trying to get through, so maybe I should bring it 🙂

  66. SO adorable!!! Look at all that ear floppage you could chomp on!
    SO cute watching lil elephant trying to navigate the curved curb lol
    And watching him snorgle the leg of momma.. awwwwwww

  67. Daphne Moss says:

    Many peeps said same thing we did here in Oregon when we saw the heartbreaking video of the mom screaming and kicking the newborn (HEY! WTF??? This is not what dung is supposed to do!!) The zoo people had to cut the live feed because it was so upsetting to the children watching.
    So it was wonderful to see how loving the mom and auntie are now, in response to the baby’s piteous crying. There was a real possibility that the baby would die, as often happens when the mom won’t care for him. But the mamma elephant soon started calling back from the adjacent cage and, just like in Dumbo, she reached her trunk through to caress her little son. I actually cried.
    Ain’t Nature grand?

  68. Gail (the first one) says:

    Really, does it get much cuter than a baby elephant???!!!

  69. I submitted the proshest picture of a baby elephant EVER and it has yet to make an appearance. Here’s the link:

    Love the baby’s sliding feet down the ramp!!

  70. Phannie? Shurely “Hosanna”?

  71. is it just me, or does anyone else feel like elephants are just too redonk to even be real? i mean i know they are, but when you watch him gangling about, flapping away, furling & unfurling his nose-hose… it’s just too moishe!!

  72. Baby heffalumps are so adorable!

  73. Gah! How cute is it when he’s trying to make it over the curb, and one of the adults is right there ready to steady him with her trunk? Love.

    National Geographic has an elephant story this month with amazing pictures:

  74. I think the bebeh efalant will fit in my backyard. Please to send him immediately. kthksbye.

  75. I think there’s a little baby elephant fart at 1:29 😀

    Sooo cute!

  76. girlnextdoortn says:

    I find it interesting that the zoo keeps Asians instead of Africans. I worked with an elephant behaviorist this summer and she said that Asians are awful to have in zoos because they are notorious for being completely traumatized when they were younger. I guess it depends on if Mom has been in a zoo her entire life or if she was captive elsewhere first. 😦 Poor elephants. They’re so sensitive.

  77. We saw him today at the zoo. His name is Samudra.

    I have to say, I’ve never seen anything so cute, and I read this site often. It is almost too much. I mean, seriously. To view such cuteness first hand was almost too much. And in public, no less. The squeals of delight from the crowd were never-ending, mine included. Even my generally stoic husband could not contain his glee.

    At first when we visited at around 2:45, he was asleep on the ground all stretched out. We walked around the zoo and returned to see if he was up and about, and he was. The keepers gave the three a snack of what looked like bamboo. He didn’t really know how to eat it. He kept trying to grab some with his trunk, but couldn’t really figure it out.

    One of the cutest things is how far apart his eyes are. You can’t really see both of them at the same time unless you are looking straight on at him. And his little stumpy limbs are hilariously cute.

    I’m not even kidding when I say that seeing this baby elephant at 20 days old was the high point of my year, and I’m no homebody, I assure you. I’m still overwhelmed with the cuteness and it’s been like 6 hours since we saw him.

  78. Awwww, Nads! That’s so prosh! Crossed legglets and everything.

  79. Rolling in the dirt. All children love dirt. Adorable.

  80. platedlizard says:

    The Oregon Zoo elephants are awesome. This is a baby boy, and a third-generation Portlander 🙂 Rose-tu was named after her mother (Me-Tu, so named because she was born the same year Pachy was) and her grandmother Rosie (so named because Portland is the City of Roses). Rosie, Bella (Pachy’s mom), and Pet actually helped BUILD the zoo railroad, BTW.

    I have to say, Chendra has really grown! Unlike the other elephants at Oregon Zoo Chendra was wild-caught instead of captive bred. Her herd raided a farmer’s field and were driven off by the farmers, and she was orphaned (either mom was killed or driven away) Since she was shot in the face and blinded in one eye she couldn’t be released. The villagers tried to take care of her (I guess they felt bad about it, they just wanted the elephants to quit eating their crops!) and people became her herd. When she was six they arraigned for her to come to Oregon to expand the breeding pool in the US. Oregon Zoo is one of the best breeding facilities in the US for Asian elephants. Chendra really loves people. She’s the same age as Rose-Tu, believe it or not, and when she arrived she was HALF the size of Rose-Tu! I was volunteering that day!

  81. Samudra!!!

  82. Nads, that picture makes me more snorggle-crazy than anything has in quite some time. Could he (she?) be positioned any better for the mother-of-all snorggles? Huge and happy thanks!

    God, I just love elephants. I’m nutty happy anytime I see one here or anywhere. Thanks also hey-h. Stupendous photos. Love the shot of the car with door reading “Save the Elephants.” Har!

  83. Oh man, what a cutie!!! 😀

  84. Marie – That’s these folks:
    And yes, aren’t those National Geographic pictures amazing? I love the one of the elephants lying down at night.

  85. I think a good name for the baby is sparkles . I loved seeing how the family took such loving care of this baby elephant,they are very intelligent creatures and very able to give and recieve love,they bond very closely. This video was so nice to watch,cant find the words, was wonderful to see.

  86. Mateo Playa says:

    I want to watch this video about the little one in the Oregon Zoo, but the YouTube media-player is not working on Cute Overload? I’ve looked at other blogsites with YouTube videos in them in the last couple of days, and many of them are not working either? Is YouTube having widespread bugs/issues with their embedded media-players? Can any of guys play and see this video on your end?


    …quit talking about Dumbo. I mean it. Or I’ll cry. A LOT.

  88. Gail (the first one) says:

    @crack job: I can relate!! I’m 47 and I’ve only been able to watch Dumbo in its entirety in the last few years!!

  89. How about… “Roses, Peaches, Isaac, or leeh-leeh! I love you Zhsa-Zhsa!So cute!

  90. Zoos are bad. When will this world evolve enough that zoos will be banned? My God, people, wake up!

  91. oh my. i curled up into a ball, clapped my hands, and barely suppressed continuous “squees” of delight.

    i can has baby elephant?

  92. platedlizard says:

    Joy. Why? When I volunteered at Oregon Zoo all the animals were better treated then your average pet. They had an enriching lifelong home with everything they could possibly need. TWO vets working full time for them, and on call 24 hours a day. Only the best food, toys or whatever they needed. Most of the native animals were rescues that couldn’t be released, for them the zoo is a sanctuary that they wouldn’t have otherwise. Plus a fairly large portion of Oregon Zoo is set aside for species survival. I personally helped raise endangered butterflies for release, and I know for a fact that Oregon Zoo also breeds pygmy rabbits (which need to be featured here! sooo kuuyte!) for release in Washington too. Plus the work they do with painted turtles (also raised to be released), the money they raised to build a wall to protect wild nesting Humboldt Penguins from predators, research that is done that helps wild animals, etc. The big time ‘zoo animals’ like elephants and lions pull in money that is used to not only help those species, but also help other species that aren’t as well known or glamorous.

  93. Yitzysmommie says:

    Rabble, you said what I was thinking while watxhing the vid – “That’s just too cute to be real”
    Very precious pictures.

  94. @Dorothy: You took the words right out of my mouth 😛 I came in here to suggest the EXACT same thing.

  95. Joy, sweetheart, old cramped zoos were bad. Bad hygiene, bad everything. Zoos now have great heath conditions and are working together all over the world to protect and defend not just their animals but all animals.
    Yes, it would be nice if the animals were safe in their own environments at home, but that just isn’t the case anymore. My son worked at the Mystic Marine Life Aquarium and Research Center for two Summers, he is now a Biology and Chemistry Major at UCONN and will teach High School Bio and Chem. Go to your nearest zoo or aquarium and find out the real info, you will be very pleasantly surprised! Even travel via the Internet and see what good things they do! Thanks for reading this.

  96. I have to agree: yes, it would be great if no biospheres were being destroyed, if the naked ape kept to its own habitat and did not infrinde on other species’. But unfortunately, that has not been case for centuries. And unfortunately, several species would be extinct by now if they were not kept in zoose, carefully cared for, under strict supervision to make sure that the gene pool is exploited to its fullest to prevent inbreeding.
    In Europe, we have a programme called Geozoo with Munich Zoo being the first one ever. From there it has been spreading acrosse the world.
    So, go and check it out, there are Geozoos in the U.S.A. as well.

  97. Poor mama elephant…giving birth IS scary and sometimes a mom isn’t right in her head right after something that traumatic…but most mom’s come around like this one did and her baby was right there waiting to love her…..thats the beauty of love and nature…..head tilt awwwwww

  98. The mommy and daddy look very proud. 🙂