Thousands Turn Out for Packy's 47th Birthday at the Zoo

Packy tears into his birthday cake today at the Oregon Zoo
Packy tears into his birthday cake today at the Oregon Zoo

2009-04-18 - Portland, Oregon, United States , Phillip Swarts, The Oregonian

Packy the elephant turned 47 today, amid plenty of cake, smiles and elephant ears. Packy helped make Portland's zoo famous when he became the first elephant in decades born in the Western Hemisphere, and the Oregon Zoo has celebrated "Elephantastic!" on his birthday weekend ever since. Rama, one of Packy's sons, 26, also celebrated his birthday today, with a "trunk show" of paintings he creates with his trunk. With two and a half hours left until closing time, there had been 8,500 visitors to th...

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