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Oldest elephant at Tennessee sanctuary turning 70 – WVLT

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: http://www.wvlt.tv/content/news/Oldest-elephant-at-Tennessee-sanctuary-turning-70-487415811.html

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