Clear this evening followed by increasing clouds and a few showers after midnight. Thunder is possible late. Low around 45F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%..
Clear this evening followed by increasing clouds and a few showers after midnight. Thunder is possible late. Low around 45F. Winds SE at 5 to 10 mph. Chance of rain 30%.
Updated: October 14, 2019 @ 7:14 pm
Do you remember when these critters called Niabi Zoo home?
Niabi Zoo director Tom Stalf gives Kathy Sh-Boom, an Asian Elephant, a walk through her pin before a bath in 1999. (QUAD-CITY TIMES FILE PHOTO)
Niabi Zoo now has two elephants, Kathy Sh-Boom and her new companion, Babe. (QUAD-CITY TIMES FILE PHOTO)
Babe and Sophie, Asian elephants at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley, in their yard.
Babe, a 37-year-old Asian elephant, is one of two elephants at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley.
Sophie, the 43-year-old Asian elephant, stands Monday in the indoor enclosure at Niabi Zoo.
Niabi Zoo elephants Babe and Sophie need a larger enclosure, according to an elephant expert. A meeting is scheduled for today to discuss whether the animals should be moved to another facility.
Niabi Zoo elephants enjoy birthday cake earlier this year.
Niabi Zoo Director Tom Stalf pets Kathy Sh-boom's trunk and talks to her during a walk in her pin in 1999.
An elephant is displayed at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley. (Jeff Cook/QUAD-CITY TIMES)
Babe, one of two Asian elephants at Niabi Zoo, raises her leg to get her toes squirted as she's washed down on Wednesday by elephant handler Jessica Lench Porter. Handler Lisa Murphy is at left.
Jessica Lench Porter sweeps up the dirt in half the elephant containment building as she helps get the area ready for Niabi Zoo's two Asian elephants.
Sophie, left, and Babe eat and drink inside the elephant barn after handlers cleaned the area and gave them baths for the day.
Sugar snap peas, carrots, green pepper and pineapple are some of the goodies that await Babe and Sophie.
Babe, an Asian elephant, lumbers into her barn, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, after handlers clean and prepared it for the two pacaderms at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley.
Elephant handler Lisa Murphy hauls a bail of hay over to one of the bays in the barn, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, while cleaning and preparing the barn for Babe and Sophie, two Asian elephants housed at Niabi Zoo in Coal Valley.
Niabi Zoo elephant handler Jessica Lench Porter sticks her hand and arm into the mouth of Sophie, an Asian elephant, Wednesday, July 17, 2013, as she feeds her a bread treat with medicine in it after giving them baths for the day.
Niabi Zoo elephant handlers Lisa Murphy and Jessica Lench Porter, clean the inside of the elephant barn, Wednesday July 17, 2013, as the two Asian elephants, Babe and Sophie wait outside.
Sophie curls her trunk in front of Babe, Niabi Zoo's two Asian elephants, as they hang out in the courtyard, Thursday, July 17, 2013, at the zoo in Coal Valley.
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