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Korea’s oldest animal dies peacefully at the age of 58

Mar 10,2009
Seoul Grand Park released this photo of Giant during his active days, yesterday in memory of the 58-year-old elephant, who died on Sunday. [NEWSIS]
Giant, an Asian elephant known to be the oldest animal in Korea, died on Sunday at the age of 58, Seoul Grand Park said yesterday.

According to the amusement park, located south of Seoul, the late Samsung chairman Lee Byung-chull brought Giant from Thailand in 1955 and offered him to the Changgyeong Palace zoo, Seoul Grand Park’s predecessor.

Giant was famous for his energy and was adored by many fans, the zoo said. He was known for his unusual habit of rarely sitting or lying down to sleep like the other elephants.

Having lived most of his life on his feet, Giant’s health began to deteriorate this year, the zoo said. He died peacefully at around 3 p.m. on Sunday. The elephant just calmly sat down and closed his eyes, the zoo said.

The park said Giant’s body will be buried and the bones will be excavated after about 12 years to create a skeleton display. A stone memorial to Giant will also be erected.


By Ser Myo-ja Staff Reporter [myoja@joongang.co.kr]




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