Tina the elephant passes away at Belfast Zoo

Tina the Asian elephant has passed away at Belfast Zoo.

Tina was 54 and one of the oldest elephants at the zoo, arriving in 1966.

Staff are extremely saddened by the death of the much-loved animal, a statement said.

“Tina collapsed in the early hours of this morning and the very difficult decision was made by zoo staff and veterinary staff to put her to sleep,” a statement from the Belfast City Council said.

The zoo will remain open as normal but the elephant house will be closed until further notice.