3 Cute Moments From Ranchipur's 50th Birthday

Ranchipur the elephant at the San Diego Zoo was given a big birthday bash. Ranchipur, the 4th oldest male elephant in the Western Hemisphere, has a very gentle demeanor for a bull elephant. "He’s not only a favorite of keepers, but of many Zoo members and guests, so we wanted to provide him with special treats and activities to celebrate his milestone birthday,” said Robbie Clark, lead keeper, San Diego Zoo.

Here are 3 ways keepers made his birthday so special.

 

1. His birthday snack

Keepers made a 15-foot-tall number 50 out of tree branches covered in ficus leaves, hibiscus, and pieces of banana.

 

2. Special kisses

These 2 little girls blew Ranchipur kisses.

 

3. The destruction

It took him less than 6 minutes to take down the 600-pound number 50 structure, which took keepers 6 hours to build.

 

Happy birthday Ranchipur from all of us at The List!

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