Oldest Elephant in India Passes Away at Age 89

By | August 22, 2023



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World’s Oldest Elephant Dies at Indian Tea Farm at the Age of 89

An iconic elephant, believed to be one of the oldest in the world, has passed away on an Indian tea farm at an estimated age of 89, according to caretakers who announced the news on Tuesday.
Although it is impossible to ascertain the exact age of the elephant, it is well-documented that he was brought to work on a tea estate by a British farmer during the era of colonial rule in the 1940s. Caretakers have estimated his age to be around 89 years old.
Named “Bijuli Prasad” in a nod to traditional Indian names, this magnificent creature was captured from the wild as a young bull and dedicated his life to working on tea farms in the Sonitpur district of Assam, located in the eastern part of India. His remarkable journey came to an end in 2018.
“Domestic elephants can live up to 80 years if provided with proper care,” stated elephant veterinarian Kushal Konwar Sarma, who diligently looked after Bijuli Prasad during his later years.
“Due to his age, Bijuli Prasad lost all his teeth and struggled to eat,” Sarma revealed. “I modified his diet and instructed the caretakers to provide him with boiled food, primarily consisting of rice and protein-rich soybeans.”
Bijuli Prasad gained fame for his extraordinary strength, effortlessly uprooting old tea bushes and clearing forested areas. According to The Times of India, he valiantly defended his long tusks against attackers on one occasion.
After his retirement, Bijuli Prasad resided at the Behali Tea Estate in Assam until his demise on Monday.
In a poignant ceremony, Bijuli Prasad was adorned with flowers and given a Hindu funeral, conducted by a priest, before being laid to rest.
Ujjal Basnet, the deputy manager of Behali Tea Estate, expressed his company’s deep attachment to the elephant, describing him as their “pride.”
“Even though Bijuli Prasad had retired long ago, we had engaged a priest to perform regular worship ceremonies, and two devoted mahouts to care for him,” Basnet informed the newspaper.
“His passing was sudden but peaceful,” Basnet added, reflecting on the elephant’s tranquil farewell.
In the wild, Asian elephants typically have a lifespan of mid-50s, although precise data remains scarce, as reported by the US-based Smithsonian Conservation Biology Institute.
The oldest recorded elephant, known as “Lin Wang” or “Grandpa Lin,” died at the age of 86 in Taipei Zoo, Taiwan in 2003, as confirmed by Guinness World Records. Lin Wang had served the Japanese forces during World War II by transporting supplies through what was then Burma.