Thailands’ oldest hippopotamus
celebrated her 55th birthday
Mae Mali enjoyed the occasion
with a cake at Khao Kheow Open Zoo
alongside some excited visitors
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) 62-YEAR-OLD ZOO VISITOR, MANEEPORN THITSANAWADEE, SAYING:
"They have done a great job taking care of her, enabling her to live this long. I hope she can live up to a hundred years old so that our children and grandchildren can see her too. Yay! (SINGS HAPPY BIRTHDAY SONG)."
A hippo's typical life expectancy
is around 40 to 50 years old
Mae Mali has 21 descendants
living in zoos across the country
and zookeepers say she's in good health
(SOUNDBITE) (Thai) DIRECTOR OF KHAO KHEOW OPEN ZOO, ATTAPORN SRIHAYRUN, SAYING:
"Mae Mali is now a grandma. We have been taking great care of her in regard to her health, food, and environment. Mae Mali cannot reproduce anymore because she's quite old. But we will still take great care of her so that she can become one of the longest living hippopotamuses in the world."