Tampa, Florida 2021-02-24 19:30:22 –
Hohenwald, Tennessee (WTVF) — Shirley, the second oldest elephant in North America, died at the age of 72. She retired to the Elephant Reserve in Hohenwald, Tennessee in 1999.
Shirley lived well beyond the life expectancy of Asian elephants and resisted the odds.
The veterinary team has been closely monitoring Shirley over the past few weeks. She weakened and couldn’t stand up. The staff agreed that her time had come when Shirley was communicating her needs and wishes.
Born in Sumatra in 1948, she was captured and sold to the circus, where she played for decades around the world.
Eventually, after being sold to the Louisiana Zoo, she went to the sanctuary, where she had a pleasant reunion with another elephant she played with at the circus a few years ago.
“Sanctuary is very honored to have taken care of Shirley for 21 years. Thanks to Shirley’s many supporters, fans and friends. She shared her story, loved her from afar and for many years. We worked with us to provide lifelong care and provided Shirley with the opportunity to discover her true relationship with other elephants. Through Shirley’s care, about the dignity and elegance of elephants aging in captivity. I’ve learned a lot. I’ll use this knowledge to care for all current and future residents. Shirley has a lasting legacy that is characterized by a truly amazing life, and she’s for everyone. It will be deeply missed, “said Janice Zeitlin, CEO of Elephant Sanctuary.
This article was written by Nick Beres for WTVF.
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