Belle, a female Asian Elephant calf born on July 7, recently got in some serious playtime with a hose and inflatable kiddie pool at the Fort Worth Zoo.
Belle’s arrival was chronicled on ZooBorns last month. She received her name through an online voting contest organized by the zoo. Belle is named for bluebells, which are common Texas wildflowers that symbolize humility and gratitude. She is only the second Elephant calf ever born at the Fort Worth Zoo.
Asian Elephants are listed as Endangered by the International Union for Conservation of Nature. Poaching of the males for their ivory tusks, habitat loss, and human settlement continue to threaten the species. Belle is an important addition to the zoo population because zoo birthrates are very low.
See more photos of pachyderm pool time below the fold.