A 40-year-old elephant who lived to be 95 was found dead Thursday, her owner said.
The owner, Lucy the Elephant Rock, died at his home in the city of Ernakulam, in northern Kerala.
“Lucy was a very dear friend and was one of the best and most beloved elephants in the world,” said the owner, Krishna Thangaraj.
Thangoraj said he had known Lucy since childhood and knew her family well.
“Her family was very sad and her mother was very worried for her,” Thango said.
“She had a big heart and was very kind.”
The owner was a veterinarian who worked at the Ernakuli Wildlife Centre in the 1980s.
He had taken over the business in 2005.
“It was very difficult, because there was no one in charge of her care.
I was responsible for everything and Lucy was my second husband.
I had a hard time because we were the only family in this village,” he said.
Lucy the Elephante is one of about 30 elephants that roam the hills of Kerala’s Puducherry state.
“We are very lucky,” Thothaj said.
Thangs father is a veterinarian and his mother is a school teacher.
“He always taught me the value of life.
When I was a child, he had a very big heart,” Thangs mother said.
Elephant rock legend and ‘wildlife hero’ Lucy, a bull elephant, died in Ernakula, Kerala, on Thursday, July 14, 2020, after she was found in her enclosure with severe head trauma.
The animal was found after her owner heard the noise of someone breaking into the enclosure.
“Lucy the Elephant has passed away at around 8:30 a.m.
The cause of death is unknown at this stage.
I am saddened to learn of her passing,” Ernakunam district wildlife conservancy chairman T.V. Suresh said.
According to the conservation agency, the elephant was found inside the enclosure of the Pududu zoo at 10:30 p.m., and was being treated for severe head injury.
Lucy, a 6-year old bull, was the second elephant to be found dead in Kerala this year.
A man and woman were arrested on suspicion of poaching elephants in June.
Thangs daughter, a school girl, said the elephant’s mother had not been seen in the past 10 days.
The zoo in Ernatulam has a total of 11 elephants, which it runs on a lease of life, Thangs wife said.
He has three children, all in school.
In recent months, Thangoras family had been plagued with the death of two elephants, a young calf, a rhinoceros and two hippopotamuses.
This year, they have two calves and a rhino.
Kerala has more than a million elephants, mostly bulls, and has about 30 rhinos.
The state is known as a hot spot for poaching.
The animals are hunted to feed poachers and their horns are used in traditional medicine.