Retired game show host Bob Barker has sent a letter to Edmonton City Council urging the city-owned Valley Zoo to transfer its only elephant, Lucy, to a sanctuary in the United States.
Zoocheck Canada, an animal welfare organization, brought the case to Barker's attention.
"Poor Lucy needs all the help we can give her, and that's what I've been doing," Barker told CBC News on Monday.
Barker, who retired as the host of the television game show Price is Right in 2007, is well-known for his work as an animal rights advocate.
Lucy has been dealing with several illnesses, including foot infections and arthritis, according to health records obtained by Zoocheck Canada, an animal welfare organization.
Barker said he believes the elephant's health problems will get worse in Edmonton and called on the public to put pressure on the zoo to move the animal to the Elephant Sanctuary in
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