|Hanako, which means "Flower Child" in Japanese, became something of a |
cause celebre last year following an international campaign to improve the ageing
pachyderm's cramped living conditions (AFP Photo)
Tokyo (AFP) - Japanese animal lovers were mourning the death of the country's oldest elephant, Hanako, on Friday, who passed away "quietly" aged 69 after triggering protests over her captivity.
Hanako passed away on Thursday after 20 zoo staff members attempted to
raise her to her feet by rope, a common technique used when elephants remain
lying on the floor (AFP Photo)
Mourners flocked to Tokyo's Inokashira Park Zoo to pay their respects on Friday with more than 70 condolence cards left for Hanako by well-wishers.