Elephants can Fly …
Jul 20th, 2012 by Autumn Sunshine
yes, they really can it seems …
For elephants to fly, you have to do more than load trunks on a plane.
Pat Derby, co-founder of the Performing Animal Welfare Society, has been working for two years to get three 10,000-pound elephants in the air. The elephants are scheduled to take off on Aug. 2 in what could be a million-dollar move.
The African elephants, Iringa, 42, Toka, 41, and Thika, 31, are being retired from the Toronto Zoo and moved to PAWS’ 2,300-acre sanctuary in San Andreas.
To get the elephants ready to fly, the animals had to undergo crate and noise training. A Russian cargo jet and two fleets of trucks had to be rented; pilots, drivers and crews hired; crates built and fitted for each elephant; hydraulic gates reinstalled at the sanctuary; and barn space cleared.
The amount of red tape rivaled only the green involved, but former game show host and animal activist Bob Barker is paying the bill, expected to be between $750,000 and $1 million.
Zookeepers have been teaching the animals to walk in and out of their travel crates, finished in January. “We rattle the crates and make all kinds of sounds so they are used to noise,” Derby said, because “there are no test flights.”
I hope all goes well on the flight and I say kudos to Bob Barker! That is a very wonderful thing he is doing. Their new home sounds like it’s a good place for them. Given the fact that African elephants are endangered it’s helping to keep them alive and well.
Sometimes I wish that all the people in all the world would get a wake up, and really understand how many animals are endangered! We don’t want to lose them forever.