AR-News: (US-tn/ca) Elephant the Center of a Legal Fight
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KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - In the yard of the Knoxville Zoo, an African elephant
named Ruby can see and touch the other elephants with her trunk, but a
barrier keeps her from getting any closer.
Even though handlers believe she has been accepted by the others and
someday could join them, they are troubled by the dominant behavior she's
shown in the past and worry the 43-year-old could hurt her fellow
"That's what set us back a little," said Lisa New, the Knoxville Zoo's
animal collections director. "She showed us she wanted to be in charge.
... Ruby is like a little bulldozer."
Animal rights advocates say the separation, which has gone on for nearly
a year, has made Ruby lonely and unhappy.
They filed suit challenging Ruby's transfer last year to Knoxville from
the Los Angeles Zoo, where she had lived alongside an Asian elephant
named Gita for 16 years.
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