Dying in Captivity – Hanako, an Elephant’s Legacy


Here’s her story … “Hanako, which means “flower child,” was a female Asian elephant gifted in 1949 to Japan by Thailand, as a symbol of friendship and peace.” ….. Humans!!!

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Hanako, which means “flower child,” was a female Asian elephant gifted in 1949 to Japan by Thailand, as a symbol of friendship and peace.

Hanako appears to have been much revered and loved in Japan, however Hanako spent the rest of her 69 year life in captivity, housed in concrete zoo cells, until her death on 26 May 2016 at Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo.

Video – “Meet Hanako, Japan’s Oldest Elephant” – YouTube post by Ulara Nakagawa

Prior to Hanako’s last months, efforts were made (reference blog campaign by Ulara Nakagawa) to seek suitable sanctuary for Hanako, or at the very least, improvements to her barren enclosure.

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Hanako at Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo

But ultimately, those efforts came too late for this grand old Asian lady (Hanako surpassed the usual 40 year life expectancy by some margin). Hanako started to pass away on the night of 25 May – she…

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I'm originally from Puerto Rico. I was born in Santurce and raised in Rio Piedras. Have lived in Florida since 1999. I have a doctorate degree in Medicine; completed in 1976. My Internal Medicine specialty was completed in 1979. Worked for Puerto Rico's health system until 1985. At this time, I'm happily retired after working for the federal government for almost 28yrs. I want to offer any knowledge that I have to anyone "out there" who is interested. My views are liberal in almost every sense. My knowledge is "eclectic" - a bit of everything. Music and reading are my passion. Blogging has also become a very interesting endeavor. Metaphysical topics attract me. I'm interested in news reporting human issues like injustice, discrimination and abuse - the "wrongly" affected. My intention is to bring this knowledge to an understandable level and to help anyone in need. I'm open to questions and will answer them to the best of my ability. Currently working on an enterprise whose main mission will be to bring peoples of all walks of life together. To be one .... since we ALL are ONE!! The future looks bright and promising!!!

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