Belfast elephants enjoy 'mud spa'

Published Thursday, 01 May 2014
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Clay donated by the lorry-load from renovations at an east Belfast park has been put to good use - creating a special mud bath for the elephants at Belfast Zoo.

The zoo has been a sanctuary for older elephants since 2008 and is currently home to 'best muckers' Dhunja, Yhetto and Tina.

As part of efforts to ensure the three ladies receive the best possible care in their retirement home, they are already given regular skin moisturising sessions and pedicures.

But now they can also enjoy mud spas, after 14 deliveries of clay were made from Orangefield Park.

"I made contact with the Orangefield Park team and, although I'm sure my request was out of the ordinary, they couldn't have been more accommodating," Belfast Zoo curator Alyn Cairns said.

When you work in a zoo, you begin to see the world around you slightly differently. Instead of driving by a local park and seeing renovations, you begin to see potential elephant mud baths!

Alyn Cairns, Belfast Zoo

He added: "The ladies have been making a splash with the latest addition to their enclosure. They love to lie and play in the mud to cool down.

"Dhunja is a massive fan of the bath and loves throwing the mud around!"

Wendy Langham, programme manager for the Connswater Community Greenway, said: "We were delighted when asked to muck in and help the elephants at Belfast Zoo.

"The removal of this red clay was part of the preparation work undertaken in Orangefield Park for the new Knock River route.

"It's great to see the clay being reused in such a creative way which will bring plenty of fun to Tina, Dhunja and Yhetto and play times they hopefully won't forget!"

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Doreen Edens in carrickfergus wrote (275 days ago):
Lovely 2 see the Elephant's having fun in their mud bath.
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