DCist has the live-tweet log so you can scroll through and see the second-by-second description of what happens when zookeepers go about cleaning and grooming the zoo's elephants. Whoever was running the feed did a very good job compiling photos and attaching them to tweets, but the tweets themselves are also kind of fun. Readers learned, for instance, that the elephants are smart enough to respond to over 40 commands.
The DC Zoo is in the process of creating a huge new elephant exhibit to house its herd of Asian elephants. Rumor has it after the facilities are completed, there will be more elephants, which is better than fewer elephants. Obviously.
In the meantime we've embedded a video below of one of the zoo's current three elephants, Shanthi, playing the harmonica. It doesn't have anything to do with this postexcept inasmuch as it's on YouTube, and demonstrates that the Zoo really is all over social mediabut it's an elephant playing a harmonica. Watch it. You'll be amazed at how much better your day gets.
[Photo: NationalZoo / Twitter]