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Elephant makes appearance at birthday party on the beach in Florida

The elephant was spotted in the ocean in Pinellas County.
By Evan Bleier Follow @itishowitis Contact the Author   |   May 19, 2014 at 11:34 AM

PINELLAS COUNTY, Fla., May 19 (UPI) -- Maybe water really is for elephants...

Beach-goers in Pinellas County, Fla., were surprised to see an elephant cooling down in the ocean over the weekend and a video of the animal standing in the surf has been making waves.

The elephant was apparently at North Redington Beach as part of a birthday party for a 60-year-old woman.

She had received permission in February to have the partying pachyderm attend the event, Bay News 9 reported.

"We could not believe our eyes," witness Todd Unbehagen told HLN TV. "There was a professional elephant trainer there and a couple police officers for the event. It looked like somebody was having a party (private) at the beach house, and the elephant was giving rides as well to the guests."

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