Look Who’s Turning 50!Posted
Born April 14, 1962, Packy was the first elephant born in North America in 44 years. Packy’s mother came to the Oregon Zoo from Woodland Washington where she was bread by an animal trainer named Morgan Berry. Once at the Oregon Zoo, veterinarian Dr. Matthew Mayberry carefully watched over Packy’s mother Belle. Because there were no other recent records of Elephant births, Dr. Mayberry didn’t know for certain how long the gestation period was for an Elephant. With the birth of Packy he was able to figure that gestation is between 20 and 22 months. Packy was born a strapping 225 pounds and was 35 inches tall. Now that is one big baby!
Visit the Oregon Zoo’s website to get all of the details for Packy’s 50th celebration. There will be games and activities all day long. At 2:00 pm Packy will be knighted by the Royal Rosarians and enjoy his cake made by the zoo’s chef. Don’t miss out on the fun!
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