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Always Fun to be Around

8/29/2018, 10:15 a.m.
Asian elephant Samudra turned 10 years old at the Oregon Zoo last week, and it’s safe to say birthday boys ...

Asian elephant Samudra turned 10 years old at the Oregon Zoo last week, and it’s safe to say birthday boys don’t come much bigger. The playful pachyderm, who weighed 286 pounds at birth, now tips the scales at 7,545 pounds. ‘It’s been exciting to watch him grow up,’ said Shawn Finnell, the zoo’s senior elephant keeper. ‘He’s getting more confident as he matures, but he still has the playfulness he was born with. He’s kind of like the class clown of the herd, always fun to be around.’