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Elephant celebrates 51st birthday

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Packy the pachyderm is celebrating his 51st birthday.

Officials at the Oregon Zoo say Packy is thought to be the oldest male Asian elephant in North America.

Packy got a special birthday cake -- made from apples, carrots and celery.

But not everyone is celebrating.

KOIN reports demonstrators outside the zoo called for Packy to be retired to a sanctuary.

Zoo officials counter they're working on a much larger enclosure for Packy and his elephant buddies.

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