Indian elephant Ryuka eats cake for 13th birthday

Indian elephant Ryuka eats cake for 13th birthday

On May 19, 13-year-old Indian elephant Ryuka ate up her birthday cake at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum.


May 19, 2013 Ryukyu Shimpo

On May 19, a birthday ceremony for Indian elephant Ryuka was held at the Okinawa Zoo & Museum. She turned 13 years old on May 22. About 50 people celebrated her birthday by singing songs. Children made a birthday cake with 15 kilograms of 15 kinds of fruit and drew the number “13” with the fruit. When the children called her name, Ryuka came over and using her long trunk ate up all the cake. The children cheered as they watched her.

Junsei Tokumoto, a 10-year-old boy from Chatan, said, “So much fruit disappeared really quickly. She is so cute and ate up all that food using her trunk.”

(English translation by T&CT, Hitomi Shinzato and Mark Ealey)

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