Penzi, the baby elephant at Reid Park Zoo, has mastered an important new skill. She’s using her trunk to bring water to her mouth to drink. While elephant calves get almost all of their water and nutrients from nursing, these additional fluids are important for staying hydrated in these hot summer months.
Hydration is extra important for Penzi right now, as she recently has been experiencing diarrhea, but it is slowing and she has been responding well to antibiotics. Still, she is spending the hottest parts of the day in the elephant barn with her mom, and the elephant care team is keeping an extra close watch on her.
See the elephant on the Zoo Cams in the morning for your best chance to see her running through her habitat, playing with her big sister, and enjoying the cool morning air.