A garden hose wasn’t good enough for Dalip on World Elephant Day.
So Zoo Miami called in the big guns on Sunday to shower the 51-year-old Asian elephant bull: the hoses from Miami-Dade Fire Rescue.
Crews used a high-powered hose to wash down Dalip, giving him a “nice massage” in the process, zoo spokesman Ron Magill said.
“He seemed to really like it,” Magill said. “He started lifting his trunk and enjoyed the heck out of it.”
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The special shower was part of a weekend-long celebration, which also included a party for the female elephants and educational sessions.
Magill said the shower was a great way for Dalip to cool off from the summer’s heat and relax at the same time.
“It was definitely a treat for him,” he said.