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.
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A rogue elephant, who trampled 15 people to death in eastern India, has been shot dead in an elaborate hunt involving forest guards and sharpshooters.
The wild elephant, believed to be about 25-years-old, had killed four people in Bihar in March before it crossed over to neighbouring Jharkhand state where it crushed 11 people to death.
Forest authorities recently signed shooting orders for the tusker, which had so terrorised the locals that they fled their villages in the hilly forests of Jharkhand.
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