Little Elephant Gets In The Water For A Swim. What He Does In The Water Has Everyone Amazed!

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I love going to the zoo! I live in a smaller city though, that does not boast a huge zoo with many exotic animals from all around the world. Don't get me wrong, I do love my city and our zoo, but you can get through the whole thing in about an hour or two. Which makes it perfect for families with young children, who can't walk very far on their own and I appreciate that. 

When I think of the zoo, my mind usually goes back to my childhood growing up in Portland, Oregon. The Oregon Zoo is massive, compared to our sweet little zoo. It has expanded and they have attained many more animals since I used to visit as a kid. One thing the Oregon Zoo has excelled with is their elephant program.

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The Oregon Zoo was home to Packy, the first elephant born in captivity in 44 years back in 1962. I used to love to go and see the elephants and remember when many of them were born. My family had just moved to Portland a year prior to when Rose-Tu was born and I thought she was so cute! In fact, I even share a birthday with one of the younger elephants. 

Most of the elephants at the Oregon Zoo are Asian elephants. They are smaller and have smaller rounder ears than African elephants, whose ears resemble the shape of their namesake. The zoo has many ways that you can help with the conservation of the Asian elephants, who are endangered. 

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In recent years the zoo has expanded the elephant's habitat and made it more closely resemble what their natural environment would be. The keepers wanted to be sure that their new surroundings would encourage them to be active for 14-16 hours a day, just like they would be in the wild. To help ensure this they now have a larger place to roam with feeding stations, mud wallows, and water features throughout.

While we love our zoo, we do not have elephants. Thankfully, we take a trip to Oregon every couple of years. The last time we were there, they zoo only had one elephant out at a time because they were building the new habitat. My kids are super excited to see the elephants this year and have been talking about it since we were last there two years ago. After seeing this video, I'm hoping this elephant is in the water when we go! 

 Samudra, also known as Sam, decided it was a little too hot one day and thought it was time for a dip in the pool. He showed off for everyone there. He splashed and swam under the water, even doing an impressive handstand at one point! He looked like he was immensely enjoying his time in the pool! 

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