Jumbo-sized party for Tricia
HOW does a beloved Perthonality celebrate her 58th birthday? In jumbo style, of course! Perth Zoo’s beloved Asian elephant Tricia celebrated her birthday over the weekend with a giant bran and fruit cake.
At 58, Tricia is one of the oldest Asian elephants being cared for by zoos in Australia.
Senior elephant keeper Kirsty Carey said Tricia was a favourite for the staff at Perth Zoo but also a Perth icon.
“So many people have childhood memories featuring Tricia,” she said.
“Being such a gentle giant with an easy-going nature and great sense of humour, she makes people smile on a daily basis.”
Keepers said she had started to show her age.
“Elephants go through six sets of teeth through their lifetime and Tricia is on her last set. And just like humans she has started to slow down a bit and has a little less hair,” Carey said.
“To help with some age-related niggles, Tricia receives deep tissue massages daily with the assistance of an equine massage pad therapy.” WHAT ARE YOUR EARLIEST MEMORIES OF TRICIA? Share your thoughts at inmycommunity.com.au