WEST SPRINGFIELD – The Big E state fair in Western Massachusetts has announced the death of one of their main attractions: Beulah the elephant. The Asian elephant, who was slated to take part in this year’s annual festivities, has passed away due to natural causes at the age of 54.

Big E spokesperson Catherine Pappas issued a statement confirming Beulah’s death and the sadness felt by the elephant’s owners, R.W. Commerford and Sons of Goshen of Connecticut.

“Beulah had many fans and was dearly loved by her family, as well as her friends at Eastern States Exposition. The Commerford family asked for time to grieve before announcement was made of Beulah’s passing. She was a member of their family. Tim Commerford, age 47, has never known life without Beulah.”

Eastern States Exposition also issued a statement on Beulah’s death, as reported by WWLP News.

“We are brokenhearted,” President Gene Cassidy shared. “If you truly loved Beulah, kindly remember her and the Commerford family in your thoughts and prayers. They have lost a loved one.”

Founder and director of Western Mass. Animal Rights Advocates, Sheryl Becker, spoke with Mass Live, sharing that Beulah may have been ill and collapsed at The Big E fair.

“We were expecting something devastating like this to happen," Becker said. "It’s been like a waiting game. We have been expecting something horrible like this to happen to Beulah.”

Last year, a number of Big E  attendees had called and written in to local news outlets expressing their concerns for the health of Beulah and another elephant named Minnie, who both drew large crowds at the Springfield fair.

Photo by Iswanto Arif on Unsplash