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Two aging elephants brought to San Diego Zoo for veterinary care


Two Asian elephants in need of better veterinary care have been removed from a Texas facility by the federal government and brought to the San Diego Zoo.

Jewel and Tina, both thought to be in their 40s, arrived at the zoo Saturday after being removed from Leggett, Texas, by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, which regulates zoos and other animal facilities.

The Leggett facility's owner agreed to the removal as part of a deal in which the government dropped its demand for fines.

The zoo's Prebys Elephant Care Center is designed to minister to aging elephants. Jewel and Tina will not be on public exhibit for several months, zoo officials said.

Officials hope the two will eventually integrate into the herd of seven elephants at the zoo's Harry and Grace Steele Elephant Odyssey, opened this spring.

-- Tony Perry

Photo: Jewel, left, and Tina, Asian elephants now at the San Diego Zoo. Credit: San Diego Zoo

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When I saw the PAWS trailer I knew it would be the San Diego Zoo (SDZ). They are the only zoo on the west coast that has the facilities to take them in. I hope the USDA acted soon enough that they and are off to a long, better and healthier life. If SDZ is ok with Pat Derby then I guess the facilities are ok me. Thanks USDA, thanks PAWS and thanks SDZ.

Awww, poor little (well, big) guys. Was the Texas facility another zoo? I like that the San Diego zoo has an elephant care center. Go San Diego Zoo!

What a great pic - CONCRETE !!
Isn't this learned lesson #1 ?
To keep elephants off of this stuff ?

I think we all should watch very closely on what happens
with their wgts ! Let all see if they go up and down like they have been.
Andif they do - is the USDA going to sieze them from this zoo - as well as fine them ?

Now - don't get me wrong - they might nit have been in the best of places however let's just wait and see how sdp handles them.
It falls on them now - and they can not make any excuses or play the blame game. I do wish them the best - however how many ele can they crame in per acre ? I have been there and boy - 9 elephants sure seems like a bunch for them.

Aren't they a pc facility ? Let's see how that goes since as we all know this park also has s checkered past - and no one can deny that ! Can we ?

I have great concern for the third elephant that lived with these 2 elephants. Her name is Boo/Queenie and in the video I saw she was shaking back and forth after these 2 elephants were removed indicating psychological stress. I have sent an email to the owner asking him to please let her go and live with her other companions as a humane gesture. Please send an email with your request to Willie Davenport asking him to please allow this third elephant to be moved to the San Diego zoo to be with her family.

This is his email address. MaximusTonsofFun@aol.com
or you can find more information to contact Willie Davenport here


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