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Man who tended to Lucy the elephant dies

2014-05-04 - Edmonton, United States.

A man who fought vigorously against animal rights activists who wanted to see Lucy the Elephant moved to an animal sanctuary, has died. Doctor Milton Ness, a chief veterinarian at the Edmonton Valley Zoo, passed away last week. In 2012, Ness was honoured by the Alberta Veterinarian Medical Association for his exceptional communication with Edmonton residents.


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University of Alberta professor Duane Froese next to a woolly mammoth tusk on display at the Earth and Atmospheric Sciences building at in Edmonton.

Mammoth discovery hidden inside frozen dirt

2009-12-15 - Edmonton, Canada. Elise Stolte

Woolly mammoths and ancient horses disappeared from North America thousands of years later than originally thought, casting doubt on common theories of a sudden mass extinction, says a researcher from the University of Alberta. Duane Froese and a team of international researchers have been studying the dramatic changes in climate conditions at the end of the Pleistocene era about 13,000 years ago using evidence gathered at a dig on the Yukon River in northern Alaska.


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Lucy the elephant shows is seen at the Edmonton Valley Zoo in this undated file photo.

Lucy the Elephant drops pounds

2009-12-10 - Edmonton, Canada.

Lucy the Elephant has dropped 400 pounds after just one month of being placed on a new fitness regime. Valley Zoo officials said her weight loss is equivalent to the size of an adult black bear. But she isn't done yet. Zookeepers are hoping Lucy can shed a 1,000 pounds overall to help improve her health and ease her symptoms of arthritis. The zoo is also adding more sand and rubber mats to make it easier for the elephant to walk around the sanctuary.


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Lucy the Asian elephant gets cleaned by Jackie Buck, right, elephant manager, and Maureen Anderson, elephant trainer, in her enclosure at the Valley Zoo in Edmonton.

Prominent lawyer takes up Lucy"s cause

2009-09-18 - Edmonton, Canada. Paula Simons and Gordon Kent

Clayton Ruby is famous for getting the wrongfully convicted out of jail. Now, the high-profile criminal lawyer will work to free a different kind of jailbird Lucy the elephant from a different kind of cage: Edmonton's Valley Zoo. "I have been retained to look into the Lucy problem and find a solution," Ruby confirmed yesterday. Ruby's involvement in the case was revealed at a news conference in Edmonton yesterday where former TV game-show host Bob Barker called for Lucy to be sent to a Californi...


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Lucy the elephant could die if moved: Independent vet

2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada.

An independant veterinarian has told the city that moving Lucy the elephant from the Valley Zoo could killer her. Her current respiratory problems preclude any thought of moving her and in fact it would (be) life threatening for her to be placed under that kind of stress, Dr. James Oosterhuis said in a letter to the Edmonton Valley Zoo, sent after an examination of Lucy. It is my opinion that it would be unethical for any veterinarian to recommend moving her and in fact would be malpractice to s...


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Lucy the elephant has been a Valley Zoo attraction for most of her 33 years.

Edmonton Valley Zoo to report on Lucy’s health

2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada.

The Edmonton Valley Zoo is holding a news conference Monday to provide an update on the health of Lucy, the elephant. The update will include the results of a recent examination of Lucy and the opinions of a third-party specialist. Community Services General Manager Linda Cochrane and Valley Zoo veterinarian Dr. Milton Ness will be there. Actor William Shatner recently added his voice to the many calls for Lucy to be retired to a sanctuary.


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Lucy the elephant shows is seen at the Edmonton Valley Zoo in this undated file photo.

Debate rages over Lucy the elephant at Edmonton zoo

2009-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada.

In a hilly field filled with shrubs and trees in an undeveloped part of the zoo, a massive creature plays hide-and-seek with her keepers. Slowly walking around a pathway the animal remembers well, she soaks up the sun and breeze while cavorting with its human friends. "She loves grazing on the grass up here," says head zookeeper Wade Krasnow, who has been caring for the animal for almost two decades. "She" is Lucy, a beloved Asian elephant who has been a fixture at Edmonton's Valley Zoo for the ...


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The Valley Zoo’s Asian elephant, Lucy, with her friend and caretaker of 19 years, Maureen Anderson.

Lucys vet defends zoo

2008-10-23 - Edmonton, Canada. VICTORIA HANDYSIDES

Lucy the elephant is healthy, but too sick to survive a move, staff at the Valley Zoo insist, responding to calls for her be sent to a sanctuary in Hohenwald, Tenn. “Aside from her tooth problem and her arthritis, she’s a very healthy elephant,” said the zoo’s veterinarian, Milton Ness. “Under stress, we’re worried her capacity to breathe could be diminished.”


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Pick your battles and stick with them

2008-04-04 - Edmonton, Canada. Scott McKeen, The Edmonton Journal

There came a day when I couldn't care less. The moment came after I wrote a column about meeting the Valley Zoo's elephant, Lucy, and painting a picture with her. A few people e-mailed me to express their moral outrage. Lucy, they argued, deserves to be transferred to a southern U.S. sanctuary where she can roam in relative freedom with other elephants. These people were particularly angry with me because, in their eyes, I'd willingly participated in the exploitation and isolation of Lucy.


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The Valley Zoo has been Samantha

Elephant leaves Edmonton zoo for breeding program

2007-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada.

The Valley Zoo said goodbye to Samantha the elephant as she left to be a mom in her new home in North Carolina. The 19-year-old elephant will be part of the breeding program at the North Carolina Zoo in Asheboro, which recently expanded its elephant enclosure to include seven acres in a naturalized habitat. The Valley Zoo has been Samantha's home since 1988. Staff stroked and petted Samantha before she boarded the moving truck Tuesday night. Zoo operations manager Dean Treichel said they're sad ...


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African elephant Samantha leaves Edmonton for breeding program in North Carolina

2007-06-11 - Edmonton, Canada.

Samantha, the Valley Zoos African elephant, is leaving Edmonton.
Zoo officials today said the 19-year-old elephant is headed to the North Carolina Zoo sometime this summer on a breeding loan. Shes expected to be joined by a growing herd that by the end of the year may include two males and five females. Samantha is of prime breeding age and is in excellent health, so we’re pleased to have found an accredited facility that has an approved breeding program, said Dean Treichel, Valley Zoo...


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Valley Zoo denies facility bad for elephants

2007-02-08 - Edmonton, Canada. MICHELLE MARK, SUN MEDIA

Valley Zoo officials are slamming a report that says their elephant enclosures are the worst in Canada. Valley Zoo spokesman Jan Archbold said the elephants are perfectly fine right where they are. She also said the Valley Zoo is accredited by the Canadian Association of Zoos and Aquariums (CAZA). "When they were here recently, they found the enclosures were well within the needs of having two elephants and that the care and handling of the elephants was outstanding," she said, adding she doesn'...


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An African elephant at the Toronto Zoo in this 2001 file photo

Cold, lack of space cause health and mental problems in zoo elephants: report

2007-02-08 - EDMONTON, Canada. Lisa Arrowsmith, Canadian Press

Canada's cold climate and small zoo enclosures are making elephants sick, stressed and bored, according to a report released Wednesday by the animal rights group Zoocheck Canada. But people responsible for the animals quickly dismissed the group's calls to stop captive breeding programs and relocate elephants to sanctuaries in warmer parts of the United States.


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Edmonton Zoo elephant Samantha gets back to normal life

2006-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada.

Life is returning to normal with mud baths and sugar cane snacks for injured zoo elephant Samantha. On Aug. 27, the 16-year-old African elephant lost 20 cm off the end of her trunk while exploring a gate latch. She panicked when her trunk got stuck. It tore when she instinctively yanked it back. Now, earlier than expected, she is back wooing the public from her zoo enclosure.


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Elephant Samantha hurt in Edmonton Zoo

2006-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada. MAX MAUDIE

After 20 centimetres of an elephant's trunk was torn off in a "freak accident" at the Valley Zoo, a national animal watchdog is calling for an end to elephant captivity in Edmonton. About 8:30 a.m. Sunday, before the zoo opened to the public, Samantha, a 16-year-old African elephant, reached with her trunk through a gate to a gate handle. "Her trunk got stuck and I think she panicked and pulled,"said Dean Treichel, the zoo's operations manager. "It's a freak accident.&qu...


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15 Headlines about Elephants from Edmonton2014-05-04 - Edmonton, United States - Man who tended to Lucy the elephant dies 2009-12-15 - Edmonton, Canada - Mammoth discovery hidden inside frozen dirt 2009-12-10 - Edmonton, Canada - Lucy the Elephant drops pounds 2009-09-18 - Edmonton, Canada - Prominent lawyer takes up Lucy"s cause 2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada - Lucy the elephant could die if moved: Independent vet 2009-09-14 - Edmonton, Canada - Edmonton Valley Zoo to report on Lucy’s health 2009-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada - Debate rages over Lucy the elephant at Edmonton zoo 2008-10-23 - Edmonton, Canada - Lucys vet defends zoo 2008-04-04 - Edmonton, Canada - Pick your battles and stick with them 2007-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada - Elephant leaves Edmonton zoo for breeding program 2007-06-11 - Edmonton, Canada - African elephant Samantha leaves Edmonton for breeding program in North Carolina 2007-02-08 - Edmonton, Canada - Valley Zoo denies facility bad for elephants 2007-02-08 - EDMONTON, Canada - Cold, lack of space cause health and mental problems in zoo elephants: report 2006-09-26 - Edmonton, Canada - Edmonton Zoo elephant Samantha gets back to normal life 2006-08-30 - Edmonton, Canada - Elephant Samantha hurt in Edmonton Zoo

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Third baby elephant of the year born at Pattaya garden

2022-09-29 - Pattaya, Thailand.

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The third baby elephant of the year has been born at a botanical garden in Pattaya. The Nong Nooch Gardens Pattaya welcomed the new little member, named “Ply Poa Jai” wi...


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Iconic elephant ‘Bandula’ dies at Dehiwala Zoo

2022-09-23 - Colombo, Sri Lanka.

‘Bandula’, the elephant found at the National Zoological Garden in Dehiwala is reported to have passed away today. According to reports, the elephant had suddenly fallen ill and had collapsed twic...


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Nepal: Koshi Tappu, CNP welcome baby elephant same day

2022-08-29 - Katmandu, Nepal.

The elephant named Loktantra Kali at the Koshi Tappu gave birth to a female calf while Saraswoti Kali at the CNP delivered a male calf on Sunday. Nepal is presently home to around 225 indigenous eleph...


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Vietnam strives to conserve elephants

2022-08-21 - Hanoi, Vietnam.

A national action plan on elephant conservation in Vietnam for 2023-2032 with a vision for 2050 is being developed. According to the summary report of the General Department of Forestry, the number of...


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Elephant owner and elephant killed by landmine explosion at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State

Sheldon Hooper, 27, was charged and killed by a large elephant at a safari park

2022-08-21 - Indawgyi, Myanmar.

The owner of the elephant and the elephant were killed when a landmine exploded at the border of Sagaing Region and Kachin State on August 15 according to sources. They stepped on the landmine when a ...


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Notorious poacher who trafficked in ivory, rhino horns jailed five years

2022-08-20 - Toronto, Canada.

Moazu Kromah, 49, made millions of dollars poaching and trafficking elephant tusks and rhino horns from endangered animals and was ordered caged Thursday in New York. Kromah and two confederates were ...


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Elephant in Thailand rips keeper in half after being overworked in hot weather

2022-08-20 - Khuekkhak, Thailand. Lean Jinghui

An elephant in Thailand has reportedly ripped its mahout (elephant rider or keeper) in half after being overworked. According to The Thaiger, the incident happened at a rubber plantation in the Phang ...


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India sees more deadly elephant attacks as habitats shrink

2022-08-19 - New Delhi, India.

Elephant-human conflicts have been on the rise in India as a result of habitat loss, and experts say such conflicts could get worse unless forested areas are protected and migration corridors restored...


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Howdah elephant Abhimanyu starts carrying 300-kg sand bags

2022-08-18 - Mysore, India.

A week after embarking on a practice walk on Jamboo Savari route, howdah elephant Abhimanyu entered the second phase of training on Thursday. The 300-kg sand bags were mounted on Abhimanyu after perfo...


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Karachi elephants to receive German dental treatment

2022-08-16 - Karachi, Pakistan.

Global organisation, Four Paws have sent their veterinarian doctors to Karachi for the treatment of elephants. The team of four doctors have arrived in Pakistan to treat four female elephants- two of ...


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Andhra Pradesh: ‘Kumkis’ add a dash of grandeur to I-Day celebrations in Chittoor - Jayanth and Vinayak served the Forest Department for more than two decades

Forest staff performing puja to kumkis Jayanth and Vinayak at Naniyala camp at Ramakuppam in Chittoor district.

2022-08-15 - Chittoor, India.

Jayanth (65) and Vinayak (52) are kumkis (trained elephants), faithfully serving the Forest Department in Chittoor district for more than two decades. Housed at the Naniyala forest camp in the Koundin...


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Dudhwa Tiger Reserve mahouts will now record their experiences to help understand elephants better

2022-08-14 - Lakhimpur Kheri, India.

Chief conservator of forests and field director, Sanjay Kumar Pathak has decided to document the experiences of these veteran mahouts so that not only the park authorities but other mahouts also benef...


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Mastodon bones discovered during West Michigan road project work

2022-08-12 - Grand Rapids, United States.

Several people are working to unearth mastodon bones in a West Michigan field after they were discovered during a road construction project. The bones are expected to be donated to the Grand Rapids Pu...


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Meet the mahouts at Theppakadu camp in Mudumalai who have transformed the lives of their elephants

Wasim, the star kumki, with his mahout Eswaran

2022-08-11 - Theppakadu, India.

Wasim’s trunk pauses midair as he reaches for a bamboo shoot. His mahout, M Eswaran, calls out a command from a distance and in a split second, the elephant changes course. The shoot is far from his...


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Myanmar: Elephant gives birth to rare white calf in Rhakine

2022-08-08 - Rhakine, Myanmar. Team Udayadani

A rare white elephant took birth in western Myanmar. The white elephant was born last month in western Rakhine state and currently weighs 180 pounds (80 kilograms) and its height is 2.5 feet (70 centi...


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A haven for retired elephants

Visitors up close with the elephants.

2022-07-18 - Siem Reap, Cambodia.

Travelling north from Siem Reap city on National Road 64 for about 90 minutes you will reach a wooden bridge that will take you to the headquarters of the Kulen Elephant Forest Sanctuary, the home of ...


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Madhya Pradesh: Elephant held captive in chains after killing its mahout at Panna Tiger Reserve

2022-07-10 - Panna, India.

A 55-year-old elephant is held captive in chains and shackels in the Panna Tiger Reserve after the elephant brutally killed its mahout Budhram Rotiya on Monday, said an official. Ever since its arriva...


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Dasara elephants may be finalised by July 30

2022-07-08 - Mysore, India.

The Forest Department will initiate the process of identifying elephants for Mysuru Dasara-2022 from July 15 onwards and the jumbos for the finale is likely to be finalised by July 30, ahead of the Da...


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Scientists have brought 28,000-year-old woolly mammoth cells back to life.

2022-05-26 - Higashiosaka, Japan. Jackson White

During a remarkable scientific experiment, cells from a woolly mammoth that died over 28,000 years ago began displaying “signs of life.” The cells from the 28,000-year-old specimen began to displa...


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Second oldest camp elephant dies in Tamil Nadu

2022-04-27 - Pollachi, India.

Vijayalakshmi, the second oldest camp elephant of the Tamil forest department, died at the age of 71 in the Kozhikamuthi elephant camp in the Anaimalai Tiger Reserve (ATR) on Wednesday afternoon. The ...


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