An elephant that had lived alone at a zoo in Tokyo for 67 years sparking a worldwide campaign to free her has died in her concrete pen.
Hanako, or ‘flower child’, who was described by campaigners. as the loneliest elephant in the world, died at the age of 69 at Inokashira Park Zoo in the Japanese capital.
She was a gift from the Thai government in 1949 and had lived at the park since she was two.
She was Japan’s oldest elephant and had a long life for captive Asian elephants.
Zoo spokesman Naoya Ohashi said Hanako was discovered lying on her side on Thursday morning. and repeated efforts to raise her upright were not successful. She died peacefully in the afternoon. She was Japan’s oldest elephant and had lived a long life for a captive Asian elephant. Watch the video below.