Oldest elephant in US dies at 71
North America's oldest Asian elephant has died at a California theme park aged 71.
Taj had lived at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom for 33 years.
The elephant was one of its most popular attractions. Her tricks included stacking logs and playing tug-of-war with guests. The park retired her three years ago.
In honour of Taj's 70th birthday last year, staff threw a party that included a multi-tiered cake topped with her favourite fruits and vegetables.
The average life expectancy for Asian elephants is 45 years.