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Did You Know About These Famous Animal Gravesites Around The World?

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It may come as a surprise that some animals achieve fame even in death. A number of famous animal gravesites exist worldwide, each with its own unique story. Below are some notable gravesites for your interest.

Jim, a remarkable dog known for his intelligence and abilities, gained widespread recognition through newspapers, magazines, and even Ripley’s Believe It or Not. He was a Wonder Dog who could understand multiple languages and had a talent for identifying individuals. Jim passed away in 1937 at the age of 12, leaving behind a devoted fan base. In his honor, fans established a park near the Ruff Hotel site in Marshall, featuring a bronze statue commemorating him.

Ham, a chimpanzee, made history as the first living being in space before any human. Launched on January 31, 1961, as part of NASA’s Project Mercury, the mission encountered difficulties, resulting in a near-drowning incident off the coast of Florida. Despite the mishap, Ham was rescued and later lived at Smithsonian’s National Zoo in Washington, D.C., and the North Carolina Zoo. Upon his passing in 1983, his remains were interred at the New Mexico Museum of Space History in Alamogordo, where he was initially brought by the U.S. Air Force.

The life of Elsa, the lioness, captivated audiences through a 1966 film adaptation that preceded the best-selling book and subsequent TV shows and movies. Elsa’s final resting place is in Meru National Park, Kenya, where she was laid to rest in 1961 in the arms of George Adamson, one of her caregivers. Originally adopted by Adamson in 1959 after her mother was killed, Elsa was trained and released into the Meru forest. After returning to Adamson at three years old, she birthed three cubs before succumbing to a tick-borne disease called babesiosis two years later.

Keiko, the star of the 1993 film “Free Willy,” captivated audiences with a heartwarming tale of a boy saving an orca from captivity. Keiko spent most of his life in various aquariums after being captured off the coast of Iceland in 1979. Following his release off the Icelandic coast in 2002, Keiko passed away in December 2003 at the age of 26, likely due to pneumonia. Fans in Halsa honored him by excavating a grave using machinery and burying his body there.

Image Source: woodsnorthphoto / Shutterstock

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