Join Tricia’s birthday fun
JUMBO sized celebrations are planned on Sunday as Perth Zoo’s Asian elephant matriarch Tricia celebrates her 59th birthday.
Tricia’s keepers will treat her to a giant birthday cake made of bran and fruit and all visitors are invited to join the celebrations at the elephant amphitheatre at 1.45pm.
Senior elephant keeper Kirsty Carey said Tricia was a Perth icon.
“Being such a gentle giant with an easy-going nature and great sense of humour, she makes people smile on a daily basis,” Ms Carey said. “I’ve even heard her referred to as a ‘Perthonality’.
“I certainly feel very privileged to work alongside Perth Zoo’s own celebrity and care for her in her twilight years.”
Now in the latter years of life, Tricia has started to show her age.
“Elephants go through six sets of teeth through their lifetime and Tricia is on her last set.
“Just like humans she has started to slow down a bit and has a little less hair,” Ms Carey said.
“To help with some agerelated niggles, Tricia receives deep tissue massages daily with the assistance of an equine massage therapy backpack.”
This birthday makes Tricia one of the oldest Asian elephants in Australia.