Third-oldest elephant in North America turning 70 at Elephant Sanctuary

Asian elephant Shirley survived near-death experiences, living out her golden years at The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald

The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee is busy planning a super-sized birthday celebration for one of their senior residents.

According to Kate Mason, communications coordinator for the sanctuary in Hohenwald, Shirley, an Asian elephant, will turn 70 years old on July 6. That is a remarkable milestone with the average lifespan of captive elephants being 42 years for Asians and 47 years for Africans.

Shirley would have an amazing life story to tell, if only she could talk.

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