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‘Oldest known elephant in captivity’ dies at 88 in India

Dakshayani, pictured here in 2016, lived at the Chengalloor Mahadeva Temple in southern Kerala state Dakshayani, thought to be the world’s oldest elephant in captivity, has died at the age of 88 in India. Given the title Gaja Muthassi or elephant granny, Dakshayani took part in temple rituals and processions at the Chengalloor Mahadeva Temple in the southern state of Kerala. But her vet said the elephant stopped taking food and died on Tuesday. Keepers started feeding her pineapples and carrots in recent years after she began to have trouble moving around. She had not taken part in any […]

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