Most of my friends and all of my family know that I have an incredibly soft spot for that most wonderful of animals, the Elephant.
I've spent many happy days at various zoos and always manage to get to see the Elephants. As a kid, I loved being able to feed them. The gentle but rough touch of their trunks stays with me as an ingrained memory.
Which is why I was so sad to hear that Hansa, the six year old star of Seattle's Woodland Park Zoo died yesterday.
I'm touched that the enclosure was closed while the other Elephants were given time to grieve with the body, as they do in the wild.
The zoo has a memorial page here.