Editorial: Farewell to Tricia, Perth Zoo’s grand dame

In 2018, a analyze was accomplished which showed a third of all Britons experienced witnessed or fulfilled the Queen in authentic everyday living.

For these more mature than 65, the determine leapt to far more than 50 percent.

In WA, our equivalent is Tricia the elephant.

For many years, the now-aged matriarch has delighted West Australians and thrilled readers to Perth Zoo with her tranquil grace and regal nature.

There would be few persons who have grown up in Perth who really don’t have a memory of Tricia.

Quite a few of these who remember traveling to Tricia in their own childhoods have given that brought their possess youngsters to see her, producing distinctive reminiscences for another era.

Transperth even named a ferry for her, so ingrained is Tricia on the fabric of the town.

Talking on Tricia’s 60th birthday, elephant keeper Kirsty Carey reported encounters with the elephant consistently moved zoo visitors to tears.

“I’ve cared for Tricia for 11 many years and I am continually impressed by the impact she has on individuals,” Ms Carey stated at the time.

Perth Zoo's Tricia the Asian Elephant will celebrate her 60th birthdayDigicam IconPerth Zoo’s Tricia the Asian Elephant will rejoice her 60th birthday Credit rating: provided/provided

She holds a distinctive spot in the hearts of generations of WA children.

Regrettably, we have learnt Tricia is in her final times.

At 65, Tricia is thought to be a single of the world’s oldest elephants.

The zoo workers who have devoted their careers to caring for her are now performing their greatest to retain her snug in her last times.

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In a statement, the zoo reported Tricia would be presented a “dignified and respectful finish to her life” when the time is proper.

The news has devastated her legions of followers who shared their reminiscences of her on-line.

“I’ve beloved you Tricia since I to start with observed you when I was a very little woman and now I’m late 40s,” one explained.

“I vividly don’t forget feeding you peanuts as a child with my brother and sisters,” recalled another.

Zoo elephant Tricia gets a taste of her new home guided by keeper Mark True. Photo by Tom Dann. 18 September 1986Digital camera IconZoo elephant Tricia will get a taste of her new residence guided by keeper Mark Correct. Credit rating: The West Australian/The West Australian

Substantially like with the Queen, the death of Perth’s favorite pachyderm will herald a new period.

There has lengthy been a plan in area to enable the zoo changeover just after her passing.

The earth, and local community anticipations of zoos, have modified considerably given that Tricia initial stepped off Fremantle Wharf in 1963 as a 6-12 months-previous after a extensive journey from Vietnam by means of Singapore.

“Tricia has lived as a result of an period when zoos were a random selection of animals retained for human enjoyment,” Ms Carey mentioned back again in 2017.

“Many of our more mature guests recall Tricia residing in a concrete enclosure and she was named soon after the 1962 Pass up Australia, reflective of a time when attractiveness pageants had been in vogue.”

It is now recognised that little metropolitan zoos — even types where by they have their individual swimming pools and massage therapists —are no extended ideal houses for massive elephants.

Soon after Tricia’s loss of life, her two youthful companions, Putra Mas and Permai, will be relocated to other zoos wherever they will appreciate the company of other elephants in even larger herds.

And Perth Zoo will search to a new upcoming without having her.

Elephants might never forget about, but Perth will by no means neglect Tricia.

Responsibility for the editorial comment is taken by WAN Editor-in-Main Anthony De Ceglie

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