Wednesday, October 1, 2008

The Cutest Thing I've Ever Seen

I bet you're expecting pictures of my kids. Not this time...

On August 23rd an Asian elephant was born at the Oregon Zoo. It's been headline news ever since and Buddy and I have been anxious to go see him. The little baby was 286 pounds at birth and now at just over a month old, he's 350 pounds, but compared to his mommy and aunties, he's just tiny. Interestingly enough, his name is Samudra and since our little Sambo has some Japanese in him, we wish we would have thought to name him Samudra (Hindu for lord of the ocean). That's a cool name and if you saw Sambo in the bathtub, you'd realize that's a very appropriate name for him.

Anyway, we've seen pictures of Samudra on the news and online, but oh my... the pictures don't even do him justice. We timed our visit hoping the crowds would have died down a bit because poeple have literally been waiting hours to see him. My brother and his wife came with us and boy were we lucky to not have to wait at all to see him. We spent at least thirty minutes watching him. We talked with the zookeepers and oohed and awed over every cute thing he did. He walked between his mommy's legs and nursed and sniffed around. Just precious. The zookeepers told us all about his birth and all about the world-renowned program the Oregon Zoo has to breed endangered Asian elephants. I'm not a huge animal lover, but I was impressed. I think I am now. Oh, and while we were there a mom brought her baby boy who was born on the same day as Samudra to take pictures by the elephant. Seriously, what could be cuter?!



4 comments:

Jax,Jer,Luke and Jared said...

Oh how I miss the Oregon zoo. That is so adorable! Wish I was there.

Myndi said...

Sooooo cute!

Sarah Marie said...

Pretty dang cute...... though I am not a big fan of caged up animals.

Jordan said...

Those pics are good, but I wouls have to agree that the little guy is much cuter in person!