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Happy 72nd birthday, Shirley!

The third-oldest elephant in North America continues to defy the odds.

Shirley, who lived at Louisiana Purchase Gardens & Zoo in Monroe for 22 years, celebrated her 72nd birthday Monday at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn.

Caregivers surprised the birthday girl with a strawberry-topped vegan cake, watermelon wedges, rice paper balloons and banana leaves.

Read more: https://www.thenewsstar.com/story/life/2020/07/06/louisiana-purchase-gardens-zoo-monroe-shirley-birthday-elephant-sanctuary/3286333001/

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