Japan's oldest Asian elephant dies at zoo in Kanagawa

Umeko is pictured with a cake celebrating her 60th birthday at Odawara Zoo in this October 2007 file photo.
Umeko is pictured with a cake celebrating her 60th birthday at Odawara Zoo in this October 2007 file photo.

2009-09-18 - Odawara, Japan
Japan's oldest Asian elephant died on Thursday at the estimated age of 62, officials at a small zoo here announced. An employee at Odawara Zoo found the female elephant, dubbed "Umeko," lying on the floor of the elephant house on Thursday morning. Umeko came to the zoo from Thailand at the estimated age of 3 in October 1950, to mark the Kodomo Bunka Hakurankai (Children's Cultural Exposition) hosted by the city of Odawara.

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