EXPIRED: 09/28/09 – Buki, 52, was a sweetheart of an elephant who did 25 years in the circus and then retired to the Buffalo zoo. Buki was fine up until two weeks ago. She had pretty much stopped eating the things she loved so much –  hay and sugar cane — and kept pretty quiet.

For several hours Monday, Jothi and Surapa hovered over a lifeless Buki in the Buffalo Zoo’s Elephant House. Then I guess they figured it out. Buki was gone.

Like her pachyderm companions, Buki’s human admirers mourn their loss too. Of all the obits I do, elephants hit me the hardest.



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