An elephant which was rescued from the bankrupt Berlin Circus in 1999 and brought to Blackpool Zoo has died.
Marcella the Asian elephant had to be put to sleep because of failing health, the zoo has confirmed.
Marcella was brought to the zoo along with another elephant, Indra, 15 years ago, and have lived happily with their companion Kate.
In a statement released on Tuesday afternoon a spokesman from the zoo said: “She had been receiving specialist treatment from keepers and elephant veterinary experts for serious health problems for some time.
“After consulting the experts who have been working closely with Marcella, the decision was taken that we had done everything we could for her.
“Marcella was an extremely popular member of our zoo family and was well loved by all of our visitors. Staff and keepers are extremely saddened at her passing.
“Marcella will be missed by all.”
Hundreds of people took to Facebook to share their condolences.
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