The Oregon Zoo's elephant calf, Samudra, turned five months old last week. ZooBorns has brought you a few updates on baby Sumadra and his hijinx. Now we find he has become quite the soccer player as well.
Samudra, the Oregon Zoo's celebrated Asian elephant calf, turns 5 months old today, and according to keepers he is more playful and inquisitive than ever.
"Sam is wandering farther away from his mom, Rose-Tu," said Bob Lee, senior elephant keeper at the zoo. "He's growing comfortable with not having her in sight, and he's exploring more of the barn on his own."
The "little guy" now weighs in at around 770 pounds, nearly 500 pounds more than his birth weight, and he has become less clumsy, keepers say.
"It appears he's developed some athletic ability," Lee said. "He loves playing with a blue ball, knocking it around with his trunk soccer-style."