Good afternoon from T.I.G.E.R.S. once again!
Imagine an animal who is big enough to eat three times the weight of a grown man in one day and is fast enough to outrun a human. An animal that can drink six hundred cups of water a day and swim for six hours non-stop, and is happy both in and out of the water.
Now imagine sitting on the bank of the Waccamaw River near Myrtle Beach and encountering one of these large animals with someone riding on her back.
I'm talking about Bubbles the elephant and she's worked on Ace Ventura: Pet Detective with Jim Carrey and on Dr Dolittle with Eddie Murphy. Bubbles also appeared in a Janet Jackson music video. She's used to an audience.
Bubbles has become a true member of the T.I.G.E.R.S. family.
Enjoy what I found in the news this week:
SAN DIEGO (CNS) – The African elephant herd at San Diego Zoo Safari Park expanded Wednesday with the birth of a female calf.
The 205-pound offspring born to mother Swazi at 3:39 a.m. was up and walking within minutes, and "both are doing well," according to a San Diego Zoo Safari Park statement.
Within hours, the new calf made its public debut on the park's live elephant cam, accessible at sdzsafaripark.org.
Swazi, which means "the fearful leader," is head of the Safari Park's African elephant herd consisting of a dozen pachyderms, eight of which were born at the North County attraction formerly known as the Wild Animal Park.
Swazi is believed to be around 21 years old and is one of four herd members born in South Africa's Kruger National Park.
The yet-to-be-named newborn calf is her second offspring. Her first, Macembe — pronounced ma-calm-bay — was born on April 12, 2010, and remains a part of the Safari Park herd.
While "Mac" was present for his sister's birth, he was then separated from her and their mother to allow them to bond and nurse. Mac and two other young elephants in the herd stood close in an adjacent yard and reached out with their trunks to smell and touch the newborn, according to park officials.
The gestation period for an elephant is about 22 months.
Animal keepers said Swazi's water broke early Sunday morning, so they instituted a 24-hour watch, knowing from previous experience that labor doesn't immediately follow. That was the case again this time, with labor beginning around 3 this morning.
The Safari Park is now home to 13 elephants — four adults and nine youngsters.
Swazi and other adults were in the Kingdom of Swaziland — a small country mostly surrounded by South Africa — in 2003 when they were rescued by the San Diego Zoo before they were culled. – http://www.kusi.com
Want to meet Bubbles for yourself? You can at T.I.G.E.R.S. (The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species); this is a one of kind Myrtle Beach Attraction. On this tour, you will also see White Tigers, a liger and other amazing animals at one of the most exciting animal adventures ever. All proceeds from the tour go to The Rare Species Fund and The Institute of Greatly Endangered and Rare Species. For reservations, go to www.myrtlebeachsafari.com.