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Move elephant to U.S., ex-game show host Bob Barker urges city zoo

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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Added: Feb-25-2009 Occurred On: Feb-25-2009
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  • An elephant which is a highly intelligent and social animal is likely not going to do well on its own. Part of its issues is possibly related to a lack of social behavior because it can't interact with other elephants. Even round the clock enrichment would have trouble preventing that animal from actually going insane in captivity.

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  • Come On Down !

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  • bob is barking up the wrong tree. lucy is sick and old and probably should be taken out behind the barn not moved.

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    • Do your homework before you go making stupid comments. There's an elephant sanctuary in Tennessee that takes in elephants in need of rescue. Edmonton is too damn cold for an elephant. Thank gawd for people like Bob Barker.... we need more people like him and less people like you.

      Signed, an Edmontonian

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    • you are probably right. i would take bob out behind the barn too. BTW edmonton rocks.

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