#RIPTim: World mourns Kenya’s last big tusker
Tim, Africa’s largest elephant, who died on Tuesday at the age of 50 in Amboseli National Park, has been mourned across the world.
According to the Kenya Wildlife Service (KWS), the super tusker succumbed to natural causes in Mada area of the park.
The animal’s body will be sent to a taxidermist in Nairobi so that it can go on display, KWS said in a statement on Wednesday.
KWS also hailed Tim as a well known elephant who was loved throughout the country.
Tim’s tusks were said to weigh more than 45kg each.
The death of the iconic giant was felt globally with thousands of netizens sharing messages under the hashtag #RipTim.
Tim surprised everyone. He was a crop raider but he was a gentle, calm, intelligent being. His size was breathtaking, and he seemed to know it. #RipTim?
— wildlifedirect (@wildlifedirect) February 5, 2020
— Syombua Osiany (@SyombuaOsiany) February 5, 2020
So sad to say goodbye to a very big old friend. pic.twitter.com/4pDAk354x7
— Dr. Paula Kahumbu (@paulakahumbu) February 5, 2020
— The Elephant Queen (@TEQmovie) February 5, 2020
I met Tim in 2014 during a trip to #Amboseli. I didn’t think much of him then. Only later did I know he was such a big deal because of his big tusks.
— Mwangi Kirubi (@mwarv) February 5, 2020
I am very saddened to hear this morning that Tim – probably the world’s most famous elephant – has passed away at the good old age of 50.
This is sad news, but it is no tragedy -today we should celebrate his life and the efforts of all those in Amboseli. pic.twitter.com/8FTcLkysc0
— David Yarrow (@David_Yarrow) February 5, 2020
— Daughter of The Soil (@wendybabra) February 5, 2020
Dear Tim, you were & are an embodiment of Africa grace, strength and magical uniqueness! For years, you have stood guard, protected the land and gave us much pride. Rest easy, YOU WILL BE MISSED!
(Photo courtesy) pic.twitter.com/zRo9bvuOoJ
— Splash World Limited (@Splashworldltd) February 5, 2020