Tuesday, March 31, 2009

It's a boy!

I feel like a proud papa! On the afternoon of March 27, this amazing little calf made its first "surprise" appearance at the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium. Normally baby elephants are born in the early morning hours - a time when predators in the wild are least likely to approach an elephant herd. But, this little guy decided he didn't want to wait that long. By 2:35 pm he arrived!

Phoebe, the calf's mother, had her health monitored throughout her 655 day pregnancy. She was like any expecting mother - complete with an exercise regimen, regular ultrasounds, and blood draws. Towards the end of her pregnancy, Phoebe was monitored around the clock. The keepers will continue to keep this watchful eye on Phoebe and her calf for the next few weeks.

This birth is very exciting for the zoo world! In the past five years only nine Asian elephants have been born in six AZA zoos including the new calf and his big brother Bodhi at the Columbus Zoo.

To allow Phoebe and her new baby time to form a strong bond, Zoo visitors are currently unable to see them. The Zoo will announce viewing information when it becomes available.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hanging out with Mike and Juliet

It was great stopping by to see my pals at The Morning Show. Mike and Juliet are hilarious and love visiting with my animal friends. Mike might be hiding behind the couch, but he really was fascinated by this large python! The episode will be airing on Friday, March 27 - check your local listings!

Back stage at M &J, I was able to spend some time with one of the Columbus Zoo and Aquarium's baby cheetahs and his companion puppy -- they sure are growing up fast!

Friday, March 6, 2009

Check it out!

Monday, March 9th is going to be a busy day! A few of my animal friends and I will be stopping by the sets of Fox and Friends, The Morning Show with Mike and Juliet, and then on over to the Late Show with David Letterman! Tune in and you might get a chance to see a cheetah, a fennec fox, or even a baby kangaroo!