Though he wasn’t there to see it, St. Louis’ beloved elephant Raja had a big birthday bash Wednesday at the St. Louis Zoo.
The elephant of the hour who turned 25 years old didn’t make an appearance at his own birthday party, however. Due to the extremely cold temperatures, zoo officials said Raja spent the day indoors with the other elephants in a climate-controlled barn.
Zoo officials added that Raja received plenty of cool treats Wednesday. Born weighing 275 pounds, the Asian elephant has grown to over 10,000 pounds thanks to a big, hearty appetite.
Visitors still braved the cold to stop by the Lakeside Cafe at the zoo to grab some birthday treats, sign a super-sized card and sing “Happy Birthday” to Raja.
Raja’s birthday was also marked with proclamations from Mayor Lyda Krewson and St. Louis County Executive Steve Stenger.
Krewson proclaimed Dec. 27 “Raja Day” in the city while Stenger proclaimed it “Raja the Elephant Day” in St. Louis County.
“We also are grateful for their recognition of the Zoo’s efforts to protect and conserve the world’s elephants as well as the excellent care for all 10 Asian elephants provided by the Zoo’s highly trained animal care team,” zoo officials said in a statement.