Thursday, January 20, 2011

Oldest elephant in North America dies at age 71 at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom

More sad news out of the animal world today. Taj, the oldest elephant in North America, has died at age 71 at a California theme park, after years of performing for crowds and painting on canvas. Taj far surpassed the 45-year average life expectancy for Asian elephants, Nancy Chan, a spokeswoman for Six Flags Discovery Kingdom -- where the animal lived in the Northern California city of Vallejo -- said on Tuesday.

Read more from Reuters.