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Oldest elephant at Tennessee sanctuary turning 70 – AP

HOHENWALD, Tenn. (AP) — This is a birthday to remember.

News outlets report Shirley the Asian elephant is turning 70 at The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee on Friday.

The elephant's milestone is significant: The average lifespan is 42 years for captive Asian pachyderms and 47 for captive African elephants.

Caregiver Kaitlin Stocks told The Tennessean the 4-ton (3.6-metric-ton) elephant exudes love despite the tough life she has led.

Read more: https://journaltimes.com/news/national/oldest-elephant-at-tennessee-sanctuary-turning/article_b152ddb1-19fa-5e2d-aafc-762bbb8610bf.html

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