Monday, August 4, 2008
Elephant Babies at the Pittsburgh Zoo
The world has been blessed. Two African Elephants were born in July at The Pittsburgh Zoo and PPG Aquarium. Both babies are girls!!!
Angelina was born July 9 and Zuri, which means beautiful in Swahili, was born July 25. I made a pilgrimage to see the babies Friday, August 1. I took a lot of photos and only realized there was a problem with my camera, completely my fault, of course, after I downloaded the shots. Bummer. However, the babies are too cute for words and their births are so very important for the elephant world, I would rather share poor photos than none at all.
Angelina liked to run
while Zuri was still a bit wobbly.
Zuri did enjoy playing in the water.
Angelina tried to follow her mother, Savannah, up a small embankment. She soon realized it was not going to be easy.
"Oh no. I'm slipping. I'm falling."
"Whew. That was close. Here I come ma."
"This is hard."
"Ma, wait! I'm trying, ma. I'm allll..mmmmm..ooost there."
The keepers and the adult elephants look after the little ones.
Zuri: "What is this thing on my face?"
Angelina: "I have no idea. But, it gets in the way when I try to eat lunch!"
The sisters, Jackson is the father of both girls, are a HUGH attraction at the zoo. I overheard a woman in the crowd say, "This is a once in a lifetime thing, to see a one week old elephant. And, it is right here in Pittsburgh! Wow!"
I will second the "WOW!" I am so very proud of The Pittsburgh Zoo and, especially the elephant keepers! Thank you!!!!
For more information visit: http://www.pittsburghzoo.org