Cincinnati Zoo

Cincinnati Zoo Celebrates 45th Birthday of Mai Thai the Elephant with Gifts and Cake

May 02, 2018 - 3:53 pm

By Rebecca Zamer/Joe Cingrana

Mai Thai, a resident elephant at the Cincinnati Zoo & Botanical Garden, had an absolute ball celebrating her 45th birthday this week!

The party continued with the zoo's staff and a gathered crowd singing "Happy Birthday" as Mai Thai chomped on some bamboo sticks and broke up her cardboard box presents.

Don’t worry, the zoo says the cardboard won’t harm the birthday girl. Elephants are herbivores so all types of plant material, including cardboard it seems, can be digested by the majestic beast. 

Guess she can have her presents... and eat them too!