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    Ahmed -- one of the world's best known and most loved elephants, who died in January 1974 -- has reached that place where thee last of the great tuskers goes when he dies...

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    Ahmed -- one of the world's best known and most loved elephants, who died in January 1974 -- has reached that place where thee last of the great tuskers goes when he dies...Kenya's National Museum in Nairobi.

    The stuffed skin of Ahmed arrived at his new resting ground on Monday (29 December) encased in a protective fibreglass covering.

    Two museum keepers gingerly unwrapped Ahmed and unpacked his trunk...which had been filled with foam to stop it from being damaged.

    The keepers then had the mammoth task of inserting Ahmed's huge tusks back into their rightful places. The gigantic tusks.... each one weighs about 136 pounds (62 kilos) and measures almost 10 feet (about 3 metres)...have been insured for 25,000 pounds sterling.

    The great African elephant was known to every Kenyan and to wildlife lovers throughout the world. He died in Kenya's Marsabit National Park during what's believed to have been his seventieth year.

    President Jomo Kenyatta decreed that Ahmed's body should be preserved...complete with mighty tusks. The stuffing took about six months to complete and cost six thousand pounds sterling.

    SYNOPSIS: Kenya's National Museum in Nairobi. The final resting place for one of the world's best known and most loved animal...Ahmed the elephant.

    Ahmed died in January 1974, and President Jomo Kenyatta decreed that he be preserved...On Monday he arrived at the museum encased in a protective fibreglass covering.

    Ahmed was the last of the great African tuskers and he spent his final months surrounded by a security net that is normally reserved for human dignitaries. President Kenyatta had declared that the elephant was to be protected from hunters and ivory poachers at all costs.

    When he finally did die, form natural causes in what's thought to have been his seventieth year, the mammoth stuffing process was started. It took more than six months to complete and coast about six thousand pounds sterling.

    Ahmed's gigantic tusks were also kept to be returned to their rightful owner at the appropriate time.

    His ears were treated and patched up a little before they too, were returned.

    His most striking features are still the tusks. Each one weighs about 136 pounds and measures almost 10 feet. They have been insured for 24,000 pounds sterling. Completely re-assembled, Ahmed will now take his place amongst the giants of Kenya's past.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA5DHT4SP72SDU0GNVF22HA8I3N
    Media URN:
    VLVA5DHT4SP72SDU0GNVF22HA8I3N
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/01/1976
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:26:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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