Happy Birthday, Packy!

Every year the Oregon Zoo celebrates Packy’s birthday with an “Elephantastic” celebration.  This year Packy, the oldest and largest Asian elephant in the United States, turned 47 years old.   Since he was born in 1962 at 225 pounds, he has grown to be 10 feet 6 inches tall at the shoulder and 14,000 pounds!

Packy's Birthday Elephantastic

As Oregon’s state fruit, of course we were pleased to be able to provide some delicious USA Pears to help sweeten up Packy’s birthday cake!

Packy's Birthday Cake Banner

Packy's Birthday CakePear Filling - Packy's Birthday Cake

 The whole wheat cake weighed in at 40 pounds, topped with carrots, celery, and frosting, with a USA Pear filling – and everyone knows that the best part of the cake is the filling!

A huge crowd sang “Happy Birthday” to Packy as he came outside to eat his cake.  As soon as he saw it, he went right to it and devoured the cake in a matter of minutes!

Packy with his cake

It was a beautiful day at the Oregon Zoo, and we can’t wait to celebrate Packy’s birthday with USA Pears again next year!

About Lynsey

I work with USA Pear marketing offices that work in 38 countries all over the world: from Latin America to the Middle East, from Europe to Southeast Asia and places in between, our representatives serve markets on every continent except Antarctica. I love the opportunity to practice my Spanish and pick up new phrases in other languages (even if it’s just the basics of “hello,” “goodbye,” “thank you” and of course “pear”: pera, birne, гру́ша [GROO-sha], and more to come). I’ll be sharing highlights of the exciting and interesting activities that are taking place to promote USA Pears around the world. My favorite pear variety is Comice. Yum!

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