Happy Birthday to Mumbles the Rhino! He's Three Years Old

Not only is it Cinco de Rhino today, but it is also a very important birthday! Today is the 3rd birthday of our White Rhino, Mumbles! Mumbles is the largest of our three rhinos weighing at 2,300 pounds. Surprisingly he’s not fully grown just yet! White rhinos can tip the scales at 4,000 pounds so Mumbles still has some growing to do. But since he’s still young, we decided the best way to celebrate would be to throw a rhino birthday party!

From left to right, Indy, George, and Mumbles.

How exactly do you celebrate a rhino birthday? Well, since it’s also Cinco de Rhino, we decided to throw a fiesta! There is a festive colored piñata filled with alfalfa cubes (a white rhino’s favorite treat). This paper Mache piñata obviously isn’t pretty after a rhino birthday celebration. Instead of breaking open the piñata with a stick, these fun rhinos used their horns!

Not only is there a piñata, but there’s also a rhino cake! Well, not really. It’s more of an ice Popsicle cake provided by the Houston Zoo Animal Nutrition Department made just for our rhinos. Our Animal Nutrition Department made the ice pop with fun colors, and they even carved the carrots to look like candles! Mumbles and his brothers, George and Indy, think this Popsicle cake is more fun to push around and crush, rather than eat it.

Join us in wishing a big Happy Birthday to our sweet Mumbles!

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