Kabini's beloved elephant, famous for its enormous tusks, dies

Bhogeshwara's tusks were 2.58 metres and 2.35 metres long. Photo: Twitter/ Shobha Karandlaje

Bhogeshwara, the tusker that reportedly had the longest tusks among Asian elephants, has died.

The wild elephant, popularly known as Mr Kabini, was 60. "... the tusker was found dead of natural causes at Gundre Range," tweeted IFS officer, Susanta Nanda.

Bhogeshwara was frequently sighted in the Bandipur Tiger Reserve.

"It’s distressing to know the passing away of Bhogeshwara.. the elephant had drawn the attention of the tourists & nature enthusiasts for his mammoth tusks," tweeted Shobha Karandlaje, Union Minister of State for Agriculture & Farmers' Welfare.

According to reports, Bhogeshwara's tusks measured 2.58 metres and 2.35 metres.

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