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TOPIC: Update on Lucy the elephant at the Edmonton Valley Zoo - still waiting for sanctuary after 44 years (she's 46 years old, came there at 2 years of age)
Lucy the Elephant has been at the Edmonton Valley Zoo for 44 years and turns 46 this year. This is an ominous milestone as zoo elephants rarely survive to their mid forties. Lucy suffers from a number of zoo induced ailments which will shorten her life expectancy. She has no other elephant companions, which is considered cruel by elephant experts due to their highly complex social needs. The harsh Edmonton climate is detrimental to her health and painful for her ongoing arthritis and foot disease. Lucy lives in a tiny concrete cell and is only allowed outdoors for short controlled walks, weather permitting many days she never gets out at all.
With each passing year, Lucy’s condition deteriorates and this makes the prospect of moving her more difficult. We urge the City of Edmonton and the Valley Zoo to let Dr. Young be part of the decision process through a hands-on evaluation. Lucy could have many good years ahead of her at the Tennessee Elephant Sanctuary.
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