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Elephant Gets New Home

photograph from Nature story

(5/19/2007)

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There is an elephant that has spent the last 20 years in a California zoo. Her name is Ruby. She was sent to the zoo after she spent some time performing in a circus.

A group called PAWS has been trying to get her into an animal sanctuary. PAWS stands for "Performing Animals Welfare Society. The animal sanctuary that PAWS owns has a lot of land. They let the animals roam around instead of being in a cage. It would be more like a natural home to Ruby.

It took PAWS nine years to get permission to move Ruby. She was finally loaded onto a truck and moved out of the urban environment.

A person who works for PAWS said that she seems right at home at the sanctuary. She is eating well and has already made a special friend.

Ruby has been rubbing trunks with another elephant. This is something that elephants do when they care about each other. The other elephant was brought to the sanctuary two years ago. She also came from a zoo.

The sanctuary will give Ruby 100 acres to roam around on. She will also get the chance to socialize with three other elephants there.

Experts say that elephants that have been in captivity often have a hard time getting along. Ruby seems to be doing great and adjusting well. She seems to like her new home and friends.

(This was adapted from an original story provided by News10 KXTV Sacramento.)

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