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Denver Zoo: Mimi the elephant, her health failing, enters hospice care

Mimi the elephant is in the twilight of her elephant life. Zookeepers' best guess is that she's 53 years old, which easily makes her the oldest Asian elephant at the Denver Zoo and means she's surpassed the average elephant life span of about 44 years old. As such, Mimi has normal old-elephant problems: sore joints, fatigue, loss of appetite. Lately, her health has declined to a point where the zoo has decided to put her in so-called elephant hospice care.
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