Snow in San Diego excites the elephants

Posted By: The Ski Channel on December 17, 2009 12:38 pm

We’re not the only ones who love the snow. Today, zoo keepers at the world famous San Diego Zoo used 160 500-pound blocks of ice to dump snow into the elephant compound. Apparently, the elephants really dug it. The keepers hid carrots, yams, celery and other produce inside the snow, so the elephants used their trunks like an avalanche tracking beam, searching for the grub. The keepers also added a little “garnish”. Here’s Ron Ringer, senior elephant keeper: “When they came out this morning and saw that blinding white in the yard, they knew something was going on and ran over. One of the coolest things we did was put coconut and banana extract on the snow, so it’s a little like a giant elephant snow cone. The elephants got right in there and started eating the browse we had left for them on the snow and digging for the treats.”

OK, let’s all do it together now….AWWWWWWWW.

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