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Billy the elephant makes the most of a cool new enclosure at L.A. Zoo

November 4, 2010 |  6:15 pm

Billy the elephant
One Los Angeles resident had no trouble dealing with the 90-plus degree weather Thursday. Billy, the Los Angeles Zoo's 25-year-old Asian elephant, showered under a waterfall and dug into river sand in his new enclosure at the zoo in steamy hot Griffith Park.

Billy was moved Thursday morning into a newly completed section of the zoo's 6-acre Elephants of Asia exhibit, which features bathing pools, sandy hills and other topographical features for the giant land mammals to explore.

The exhibit officially opens Dec. 16.

Two female Asian elephants from the San Diego Zoo will move in soon -- although not to fraternize with Billy.

Zoo staffers laid out a trail of pumpkins to entice Billy into entering the new section of the exhibit. He took the bait -- and ate it along the way.

-- Carla Hall

Photo: Billy the elephant enjoys the waterfall in his new digs. Credit: Jason Jacobs / Los Angeles Zoo