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Dulary, Resident Of Elephant Sanctuary, Passes Away

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Photo provided by The Elephant Sanctuary. Photo provided by The Elephant Sanctuary.

HOHENWALD, Tenn. – An Asian elephant from The Elephant Sanctuary in Lewis County has died.

Officials with The Elephant Sanctuary in Hohenwald said 50-year-old Dulary died Monday morning. They said she died peacefully, surrounded by those who loved her, including her fellow companions and best friend, Misty.

Dulary experienced health issues at the beginning of the year but officials said she had been feeling better in recent months. She celebrated her 50th birthday this past May.

In 2007, she was brought to The Sanctuary from the Philadelphia Zoo, where she had lived since 1964. Officials said the Philadelphia Zoo announced in 2006 that it no longer had the funding to build a new elephant habitat suited for housing a larger herd.

When Dulary first arrived, managers said she quickly formed a close bond with two other elephants, Misty and Delhi. They said they were an inseparable group until Delhi's death in 2008.

The Sanctuary said "Dulary" is a term for endearment in India.

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