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Another Elephant Dies at a Zoo, Will our Maggie Suffer the Same Fate?

Letters / Anchorage Daily News / July 7, 2007


Another zoo elephant has died from illness directly related to the lifestyle forced on her ("Zoo elephant dies in her pen," June 12). Gita at the Los Angeles Zoo died in June from arthritis and complications from foot rot. The zoo staff was warned that her condition was killing her, but the warning was ignored. Zoo personnel deny the charges.

Does this story have a familiar ring? Isn't Maggie on this same downhill slide? She is 23 and Annabelle was 32 when blood poisoning from foot rot killed her. Having to stand on concrete, even hard ground, is a lethal situation for elephants, and our zoo is trying to put Maggie's feet on a treadmill. Add to that loneliness, boredom, confinement and the wrong climate. The stage is set for premature death.

The world is watching the last North American zoo to do what is right for a lone elephant in the wrong place.

---- Diane Raynor / Anchorage



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