Jumbo-sized party for Tri­cia

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - South Perth -

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

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