Join Tri­cia’s birth­day fun

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

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.

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