The jumbo has flown!
(ADW) The young elephant Thabo Umasai has packed his trunk and is on his way to the US. On Wednesday morning, the 1.9-ton “jumbo” passenger was loaded into a Cargolux jumbo bound for New York. From there, he will be transported by road to his new home at Pittsburgh zoo.
Thabo Umasai was the first elephant born in captivity at Dresden Zoo, one of the oldest zoos in Germany.
Germany seems to love their animal heroes, and the birth of the 100kg baby elephant proved no different as he came into the world amidst much media hype and publicity.
As the male elephant came of age and size, he could no longer live with his mother and the rest of the herd, so was sold to Pittsburgh Zoo.
The transport proved costly: The 2.20 metre tall elephant was transported by truck with several stops from Dresden to Luxembourg. Cargolux has flown him to New York, from there its back in the truck for him for the final stretch by road to Pittsburgh. His new home is an African Savannah replica terrain, enough space for him to grow into a full sized jumbo.