Story of Suzi began when she got her home her in Lahore Zoo in 1988. On her arrival, people from all around Lahore and nearby places came to see this young beauty. Suzi was the only elephant at Lahore Zoo, and even with her all loneliness she managed to give children a memorable visit.
Every year on special occasions, she would become the center of attention. I remember going on a school trip to the zoo, especially to visit her. With time things change, I did not see her again but for generations she was with us, teaching the young ones about live elephant experience.
Just last year in August her 34th Birthday was celebrated at the Lahore Zoo. Hundreds of children and adults gathered to make her day even more special. But the special ones do not stay around for long. On Saturday May 13th, 2017 she was found dead in her cage. As soon as the word came out, clouds of sorrow and sadness took over all of social media. In no time the news became the headline, according to the Zoo Authorities a typical elephant separated from its herd can survive for 18-17 years and our brave friend survive longer.
Children, adults and media, have been sharing their memories from all over the Country.
— Bunny❤️ (@ashumaddy7) May 14, 2017
It was a sad day for all of her fans across the Country especially for Lahores, as this Africa soul departed and left us with tears with lots of sweet childhood memories. Some expressed with words, some with pictures. AS, pictures, memories spread across the social media and network channels. Her existence was not much of heard, but her death was felt by every heart.
— Anika (@anikasleem) May 14, 2017
— Exploring Lahore (@ExploringLahore) May 13, 2017
Her death has been reported as a negligence of the Zoo authorities and doctors. The crowd of her fans are found angry and resentful of how this beauty of nature was treated in her lifetime.
— Naila Inayat (@nailainayat) May 14, 2017
Even some public figures have shared their memories about Suzi on their social pages.
#RIP Suzi. Just got hold of this memorable picture of #suzi @maliknadya & myself from our archives. Just so heartbroken to have lost the most precious asset & the main attraction of the #lahorezoo after many harsh years of captivity. Suzi will be missed terribly by all of us at @AtherShahzadOfficial. 😢🙁 We should all take a step forward & strongly condemn inhumane acts of animal cruelty. Lets all vow to never turn our backs in the face of animal abuse!
The Lahore Zoo Authorities are now planning to get a pair of elephant for the betterment of the wild life at the zoo. Where legal authorities are found discussing the preservation of Suzi’s memories and utilizing her remains in most appropriate way, we the fans will keep on cherishing her memory by sharing our experiences about her.