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!!!
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.
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…
View original post 1,007 more words