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Queenie, the water-skiing elephant, dies

Our evening cover producer last night was wondering how AP could move a story about a water-skiing elephant without a photo. Good things come to those who wait.

As AP reported:

Queenie was born in 1952 and came to the south Georgia theme park in 2003 to live out her retirement. Park officials said she performed in the late 1950s and 1960s and was considered to be one of the oldest Asian elephants in North America.

Archival footage shows the younger elephant balancing on two attached giant skis with a trainer alongside it as a boat pulled it through the water. She also "played" the harmonica.