This is indeed a magical video — baby elephants Baylor and Tupelo play in a paddling pool at the Houston Zoo.[youtube width=”480″ height=”390″]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Od7U9GhZg_g[/youtube]
Now that spring is approaching and the temperatures are slowly rising, kids all over Houston are starting to think about swimming and playing outside. The baby elephants at the Houston Zoo are no exception. Recently, the keepers gave Baylor and Tupelo a big kiddie pool. Now that Baylor weighs more than 1100 pounds and Tupelo weighs more than 600 pounds, the small, inflatable pools do not last longer than 5 minutes without getting popped.
The babies now get a family size pool which is 120 inches in length and holds both calves. It is a lot more durable. This size pool lasts for about 5 uses before it has to be replaced. Playing in the pool is a fun enrichment activity for the babies and the pool is given to them when the weather allows. Pool time is unannounced and unplanned.
Read more on the Houston Zoo Elephant Blog: http://houstonzooblogs.org/elephant