Happy Birthday, big fella: George the elephant turns 33

WINSTON, Ore. - Happy Birthday, big fella.

"George is going to be celebrating his 33rd birthday this Saturday, July 5," said Katie Alaxan with Wildlife Safari. "We're very excited to welcome everyone out and join us for the party. It's going to be a lot of fun.

"George is a huge huge local celebrity, we think he's a worldwide celebrity in his own right," Alaxan said. "He weighs 13,000 pounds and is over 10 feet tall, so he is quite large. He is definitely Wildlife Safari's biggest resident and has a lot of fans.

"For an elephant, the average life expectancy is going to be into their 40s. Even into their 50s is normal for them."

The birthday party runs from 11:45 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Safari in Winston.