National zoo debuts new elephant!

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(PHOTO: Smithsonian's National Zoo)

WASHINGTON, D.C. – There’s a new elephant in town!

Spike, the Smithsonian’s National Zoo’s new Asian elephant, made his public debut on Friday.

The 36-year-old male elephant arrived to the zoo on March 23 from Busch Gardens Tampa Bay in Florida.

The zoo celebrated Spike’s debut with cake made out of a frozen banana tree trunk filled with carrots, pineapple, mango, papaya, and sugar cane.

Visitors will be able to see Spike with special enrichment in his yard Saturday.

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