Lota was wild caught in India in 1954. In November of 1996, Lota was diagnosed with tuberculosis. Beginning in 1998, The Elephant Sanctuary tried to free Lota. In November of 2004, emaciated, suffering the final stages of tuberculosis, Lota was released from the Hawthorn Corporation and moved to the Sanctuary for hospice care. On February 9, 2005, in the still of the night with her dear friend Misty at her side, Lota passed away, in peace.