After visiting with Belle and Rasha, I stopped by to see Asha and Shanti. Asha is so snuggly and stays right by Mom, Shanti’s, side.
I love being a Fort Worth Zoo member. I stopped by after ballet to see if Baby Bowie was out… now I drive up to the gate, show them my card and they wave me through then I give them my card at the zoo entrance.. They’re all getting to know me .. I feel like a Zoo VIP!
Casey, the one tusked male elephant was playing in the pool (yes, I got a lot of photos). Bowie wasn’t out, he and Bluebonnet are spending some Mommy/baby bonding time. This is Bluebonnet’s first baby so she’s learning and Bowie needs a little extra care because he was a tad underweight when he was born. It’s nothing to worry about, but he just needs a little more time before he goes out to the public. I’m starting to recognize the elephant’s behavior now. I couldn’t stay today so I only spent about 20 mins and went back home. I haven’t had a chance to upload any photos from the past 2 days.. I may actually do it on a blog if I ever find the time to set it up. I’ll check again tomorrow…
I only see them when they are out in the public pen (or whatever it’s called) and I still haven’t seen Bowie and Bluebonnet yet. I guess it seems that Asian elephant babies have to be watched for the first month because mortality can be low for them. Mother baby is very important for both the baby and mother. Now with Bowie, We have 3 generations off elephants at our zoo which mimics how they live in the wild. Rasha, spends a lot of time dusting herself which helps cool them and clean off insects. Belle is always by her side, she walks In and out of Rasha’s legs while Rasha eats or dusts herself, she sometimes nudges Belle with her trunk and Belle nudges her mom with hers and she seems to smile…. If belle wanders off, Rasha follows so belle is never far from her. I’ll run over this morning to see if Bowie is out yet, but I have a small suspicion that he won’t be out yet… They keep talking about him and his mom Bluebonnet having their bonding time. It’s a little more important for bluebonnet because she’s a first time mom. Rasha was a mom Before belle… She birthed Bluebonnet at the Fort Worth Zoo and that’s where the 3 generations comes in. Belle’s dad is Groucho, but they are doing some genetic testing to find out who is Bowie’s dad, they are sure though that it’s not Groucho. Yesterday I was watching Casey (the one tusked male elephant…) play in the pool and waterfall. He was having so much fun with it.
Today is 9-11… always a sad day in remembrance of those who lost their lives to the terrorist attack in 2001. It’s a hard day for many of us, so many memories of that day and the months that followed all come back. I went to the zoo again, and watching the babies and other animals helps to make you forget everything else. Again, I was hoping to see Bowie, but he is still bonding with Bluebonnet. The plaque on the wall says that they call her Bonnie, but I only hear people refer to her as Bluebonnet. On Friday I asked Kami (the information specialist), who Bowie’s father was, it wasn’t listed on the Baby announcement the way it was for Belle (her father is Groucho, who is now on loan to another zoo). Kami said they were doing genetic testing to see who the father is, but they know for a fact that it is not Groucho. I guess it is either Colonel (the two-tusked elephant) or Casey (the one-tusked elephant). I asked Kami why Casey only had one tusk, they don’t really know, that’s the way he came to the zoo. It seems that elephants are righty and lefty tusked, the way we are with our hands and he seems to do just fine with his one tusk. Casey was having a lot of fun in the pool today… it looked as if he was smiling, I don’t know if elephants smile, but they sometimes look as if they are very happy. I took more photos of Casey today than I did of Belle and Rasha. Belle was staying close to mom the whole time I was there and not venturing out from her side.
So back to the zoo today…. Today Rasha and Baby Belle were out in the pen. They stayed in the corner eating hay, it seems that the zookeepers put the food in the middle of the pen so people can watch, but I guess Rasha and Belle want their privacy when they eat, so Rasha brought some hay over to the corner. I couldn’t get a good viewpoint for photos today. Rasha spent a lot of time dusting herself today. Baby Bowie wasn’t out again, I was talking to one of the zoo keepers and it seems that Bowie (pronounced Booey… don’t ask me, that’s not how I would say it) was a little bit underweight when he was born at somewhere around 228 lbs. Belle was a big baby…. she was 330 lbs… about 25 lbs or so larger than most. 228 is a little bit under the normal weight, but it’s a safe weight. Rasha, who is Belle’s mom and also Bluebonnet’s mom (Bluebonnet: aka Bonnie, is Bowie’s mom) is used to being out in the public with her babies…. but Bluebonnet is a brand new mom… so they are very slowly introducing both Bluebonnet and Bowie out to the public. So for this week, at least (maybe more) they want Bowie and his mom to bond some more and for Bowie to gain a little more weight before he comes out regularly. Belle is now about 400 lbs, but she’s still so tiny and has a little bit of fuzz all over her. I’ll go as often as I can (now that I’m a zoo member I can just drop in and see if Bowie is out… I’m also finding that the zoo people are all getting to know me)… I can’t wait to see him, he’s very fuzzy from what I hear. When I finally see him, I will post some photos. This morning the animals were all very active… it was a little cooler and I got there just as the zoo opened. I even saw the kangaroos up and about…
Rasha and her baby Belle
This is Colonel, one of the male elephants. The other one is Casey…. Casey has only one tusk, Colonel has two. Groucho is on loan to another zoo… I think in Denver, but I’m not 100% sure of that.
I went back to the zoo today to become a member and hoping to see Bowie. I’m so excited, now I can come as often as I like and I can just stop in for a few minutes if that’s all I have. I got my Zoo Membership card and went back to the elephants. I didn’t have my camera today, but I did have my iPhone. Bowie was not out again. Kami said that he still needed some extra bonding time with mom. Bowie was a little bit underweight, not a preemie, but on the smaller side and because Bluebonnet is a first time mom, they are being a little more careful. So Belle and Rasha were out again. Rasha was dusting herself as she always does and Belle playing and walking around her. The Zookeeper (at least I think that’s who it was), came out and Belle laid down for him and he brushed her off with a broom… she seemed to like it… Belle kept getting in the way, in the same way that all little ones do. (I took a selfie of me for my facebook page since this seems to be my new daily activity). These photos are from my iPhone so the quality is not like the others, I’ll make sure to bring real camera every day now.
My daughter, Rachel, came from Midland for the weekend, and we thought it would be fun to go to the zoo to see the newest baby. We got there for the last showing at 3:30, but Bowie was not out. Belle and her mom, Rasha were out again. Belle is just so cute and I’m glad that Rachel saw her, but we were hoping to see Bowie too. I talked to the Zoo Specialist, Kari, and she said that Bowie (pronounced Booey, I am from NJ and that’s not how we would pronounce it, but that’s his name and I have to get used to saying it that way) needed some extra bonding time with his mom, Bluebonnet. They aren’t sure when he will be out, the Zookeepers make the decision daily as to whether or not Bowie and Bluebonnet can come out. I decided that I will come every day until I can see him, so I thought it would be best to become a member of the Fort Worth Zoo. The office was closed by the time we got there (the zoo closes at 5pm in September) so I’ll do it next week. Belle is still so cute and fuzzy but she’s already over 400 lbs! Looking at her, it’s kind of hard to believe because next to Rasha she is so tiny. Colonel, the two-tusked male, was out today. I don’t normally see more than one male there, but sometimes they are both together and sometimes Angel (the other female) joins them too.
My brother Jackie and his wife Cortney were visiting from Pennsylvania, so I thought it would be fun to go see the baby elephant. We were there to see the gates open and Belle and her mom Rasha come out into the pen, they were like celebrities… everyone was so excited to see them. Belle spent most of her time by her mom’s side, walking in and out of her legs, she didn’t venture far on her own at all. The next day on the local news, we saw that a new baby elephant was born and will be introduced to the public! We just missed it by one day!
Today we went to see baby Belle, the newborn Asian Elephant at the Fort Worth Zoo. Belle was born on 7/7/2013 and this was the first week that Belle and her mom Rasha came out to meet the public. Belle is just so cute… tiny and lanky a little bambi-like. She stays close to her mom and doesn’t venture off much, if she does, Rasha is right by her side.
These are photos of the other elephants, Casey, Angel and I’m not so sure of the other one….
Now here are some photos of the little toddler Asha and her mom Shanti (One Horned Rhino’s).
Asha was born on August 16, 2012, I never got to see her until today! I tried but for so many reasons, I never got to the zoo to see her. I won’t make that same mistake with Belle, the baby Asian elephant. Asha is almost a year old now and just so cute. She snuggles on her mom, Shanti. How can anyone not be moved by this!
I found out from one of the Zoo specialists that the One Horned Rhino’s horn is actually cartilage and they can shape it by rubbing it. It’s not the same as an elephant’s ivory tusk which I think would be more similar to bone.