The Bucharest Zoological Garden has announced that one of the oldest elephants on the European continent, Gaya, died in its compound this weekend.
Gaya, 48, was brought to Romania from Rostock 34 years ago, when it just turned 14. The animalâ€™s health deteriorated lately.
The longest lifespan reported for a captive elephant was 52 years. It was recorded at the Sidney Zoological Garden in Australia. It is common for a wild elephant to live as much as 70 years.