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Tokyo Zoo Celebrated 66th Birthday of the Oldest Elephant of Japan

Jan 22, 2013 13:11 IST

Hanako, the third oldest elephant of the world, celebrated its 66th birthday at the Inokashira Park Zoo of Japan. Hanako is also the oldest elephant of Japan at the Inokashira Park Zoo which is situated in border of Mitaka and Musashino in western Tokyo.

The ceremony in which the birthday celebrations took place was attended by approximately 800 people. Hanako was born in Bangkok and was brought to Japan from Thailand in 1949 when it was just 2 years old. Hanako has lived in the Japan’s zoo since 1954.

The actual birthday of Hanako is not known, which is why 1 January is celebrated as its birthday every year by the zoo authorities. In 2012, Hanako matched record of the oldest elephant of Japan, Suwako who died back in 2008 at the Kobe zoo.

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