Packy, who made headlines during the Kennedy era as the first elephant born in the Western Hemisphere in 44 years, was humanely euthanized at the Oregon Zoo today. At nearly 55, he was the oldest male of his species in North America.
While living in Portland I formed a special bond with Packy, photographing him dozens of times. I got to the point where he knew me and would walk directly toward me while i waited for the perfect shot. I’ve won many photo awards with his portrait seen below.