Farewell to the Elephants

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The Philadelphia Zoo announced last night via an email to its members that the four elephants that live at the Zoo, Dulary, Petal, Kallie and Bette, are going to be sent to other homes. Dulary will move to The Elephant Sanctuary in Tennessee and the other three, who are African elephants will be moving to the Maryland Zoo in Baltimore.

I visited the zoo last May with a friend who, after living in Philly for four years, was moving back to Texas, and wanted to see America’s Oldest Zoo before she left town. Standing in front of the elephants, I was moved by the aura of sadness that seemed radiate from them, and took several pictures, all the while worrying about their state of mind (I realize that this might make one think I’m a bit of a crazy person. I swear, I’m not). I’m a little sad that the Philadelphia Zoo won’t have elephants anymore, but I’m relieved that they will be living someplace that will give them a little more space to roam and hopefully a lot more joy.

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