Cincinnati zoo celebrates elephant’s 40th birthday

CINCINNATI (AP) — The Cincinnati Zoo’s oldest Asian elephant is celebrating her 40th birthday with a special pachyderm-sized cake and a serenade.

A large, four-tiered cake made from frozen gelatin, Kool-Aid and lots of fresh fruit will be presented to My-Thai (MEYE’-teye) Wednesday as visitors and staff sing “Happy Birthday.”

The elephant also will be visited by the animal trainer who hand-picked her from a group of orphaned elephants from Bangkok, Thailand.

My-Thai has been at the zoo since she was 9 months old. She has been a zoo ambassador, marching in Cincinnati Reds’ Opening Day parades and handing out the first pitch to folks on the pitching mound.

Asian elephants can live to be older than 50. They usually weigh 6,000 to 11,000 pounds and can reach a height of 10 feet.

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