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Hanako, the oldest elephant in Japan, died Thursday afternoon at Inokashira Park Zoo in Tokyo, the metropolitan government said. The beloved female was 69 years old.

According to the metropolitan government, Hanako was found lying on the floor of her cage at around 8:30 a.m. Zoo workers attempted to get her on her feet because if an elephant’s body is compressed in a way that causes the chest or diaphragm to be squeezed too much, it will die of suffocation.

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