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Demonstrators Want Maggie Moved

Cara Christiansen / KTUU-TV / May 25, 2007

Anchorage, Alaska -- Residents continue calling for Maggie the elephant to be moved away from the Alaska Zoo.

The organization Friends of Maggie rallied again today Downtown. Dozens of people lined Delaney Park Strip, eliciting honks and waves from those passing by.

Demonstrators such as Rebecca Knight want the Zoo's Board of Directors to listen to the community's input.

"I hope the Zoo Board sees that there are a lot of us out here that care about it and that the community, in general, really would like to see her relocated to a better place," Knight said. "I think she deserves to live out the rest of her life in an environment that is going to be healthy for her, with other elephants."

Anchorage resident Glennis Ireland was one of a few on hand today expressing their desire for Maggie to stay put.

"All the blood tests have come back OK. I believe that Maggie is good in her environment," Ireland said.

Zoo Spokesperson Eileen Floyd wants residents to be aware that the Zoo Board will meet on Tuesday, but a decision may not be reached during that session. As of this afternoon the Zoo had received more than 700 e-mails on the topic.

Contact Cara Christiansen at cchristiansen@ktuu.com

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