A quick note to mark the passing of the baby elephant Mac from the Houston Zoo. This has made me very sad. I think it is hitting me hard because I know how hard it is for the elephant keepers. Three years ago while I was writing for Houston Metblogs, I wrote about the passing of Bella, a baby elephant from the zoo. She died after having an accident and breaking her leg. The gestation period for an elephant is almost two years. The zoo had lost a baby elephant before Bella and I couldn't imagine what it was like to wait and prepare for TWO YEARS only to have the baby die days after it was born. I was so happy when they had Bella and so sad when she was lost to an accident. Three years later here we are again. I can't imagine the pain that they are going through. After I wrote the article for Metblogs I heard from some of the zoo keepers and their families thanking me for my words. One former keeper has even become a dear reader of this blog. So again I find myself not only mourning for the sweet animal, but for the immeasurable grief that the keepers must be going through. I could never in a million years do that job. I'm too big of a baby and my heart is too open when it comes to animals.