E.T.s health is on the upswing.
Veterinarians at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium said the walrus started eating small amounts of food Wednesday, a promising sign since he stopped eating May 12.
Hes also been swimming in a pool behind-the-scenes since the weekend.
Were pleased to have a perkier walrus, staff biologist Lisa Triggs said, who is one of E.T.s main keepers.
E.T. has been suffering from a gastrointestinal infection and been in guarded condition for the last several days. On Thursday, head vet Karen Wolf said the walrus is making significant strides toward recovery.
The zoo has not released details on the walrus illness or said what might have caused it.
E.T. will continue to be monitored and treated behind the scenes. Although he is exhibiting some normal behavior, he still does not feel well.
Were still monitoring his health very closely, Wolf said.
E.T., named for the extraterrestrial creature in Steven Spielbergs movie, came to Tacoma in 1982 after being orphaned in Alaska.
He is now 32, weighs 3,350-pounds and is one of the most popular animals at the zoo.