Nashville-Davidson, Tennessee 2021-02-23 15:23:59 –
Hohenwald, Tennessee (WKRN) – This week, one of the oldest elephants in North America died in Tennessee.
Shirley Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tennessee She moved there after spending 24 years in the circus and 22 years as the only elephant at the Louisiana Purchase Zoo and Gardens in Monroe, Louisiana.
Shirley, 72, ignored all possibilities as one of the oldest elephants in captivity. Sanctuary officials say she lived well beyond the life expectancy of captured Asian elephants. Shirley held the record for the second oldest elephant in North America when she died.
Shirley was born on the island of Sumatra in 1948 and survived a fidel Castro military capture and a highway accident that killed two other elephants.
Over the past few weeks, the veterinary team has begun to closely monitor Charlie’s condition and observe some changes in her mobility.
Staff checked Shirley 24 hours a day to make sure she was receiving the best care. On Monday morning, staff say Shirley fell asleep peacefully surrounded by caregivers.
“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.
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