Oldest Domestic Elephant in India, Bijuli Prasad, Dies at 89 in Assam

By | August 21, 2023

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death – Obituary News : Oldest Domestic Asiatic Elephant in India Passes Away at 89 in Assam’s Sonitpur District

In a somber event in Assam’s Sonitpur district, the oldest domestic Asiatic elephant in India, Bijuli Prasad, passed away on Monday at the remarkable age of 89. The majestic pachyderm drew its last breath at The Williamson Magor Group’s Behali tea estate, succumbing to age-related problems, as reported by officials.

The news of Bijuli Prasad’s demise spread quickly, attracting a multitude of devoted fans, including animal enthusiasts, tea garden employees, and villagers, who gathered to mourn the loss of this iconic creature. The elephant had become a symbol of pride for The Williamson Magor Group, having been brought to the Bargang tea estate as a calf before being moved to the Behali tea estate after the former was sold off by the company, revealed an official from the tea garden.

Retired from its duties, Bijuli Prasad lived a life fit for royalty on the tea estate, as shared by the same official. The magnificent creature had enjoyed a tranquil existence, basking in the care and attention provided by the tea estate.

Renowned elephant surgeon and Padma Shri recipient, Dr. Kushal Konwar Sarma, confirmed Bijuli Prasad’s status as India’s oldest known domestic elephant. Dr. Sarma explained that domestic Asian elephants typically have a lifespan of up to 80 years when well cared for, surpassing the average lifespan of 62-65 years for their wild counterparts.

Dr. Sarma shared a fascinating anecdote about Bijuli Prasad’s prolonged life. Approximately 8-10 years ago, the elephant lost all its teeth, rendering it unable to consume its regular diet and facing imminent death. However, Dr. Sarma intervened and provided a special treatment plan. The doctor altered Bijuli Prasad’s diet, replacing it with mostly boiled food such as rice and soybean, which boasted high protein content. This dietary modification significantly contributed to the animal’s longevity, ensuring it lived several more years.

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A representative from the Behali tea estate disclosed that Bijuli Prasad was fed approximately 25 kg of food daily, emphasizing the commitment and dedication invested in the elephant’s well-being.

The passing of this remarkable creature serves as a poignant reminder of the importance of preserving and cherishing the diverse wildlife that graces our planet. Bijuli Prasad will forever be remembered as an emblem of the rich history and natural heritage of India, leaving behind a legacy that will continue to inspire and captivate generations to come..