Elephants cross border into U.S.
TORONTO—Three elephants from the Toronto Zoo have crossed the border into the United States as they make their long journey to a California sanctuary.
The zoo confirmed that Iringa, Toka, and Thika were loaded into their individual steel crates yesterday and then began their journey by truck—expected to take about 50 hours.
The trucks left the zoo yesterday around 10:30 p.m., after a day of delays, and zoo officials said the convoy crossed the U.S. border around 5:30 a.m. today.
Toronto city council voted in 2011 to send the three aging elephants to the PAWS sanctuary near Sacramento after animal rights advocates voiced concern for their welfare.
The zoo said staff members worked with a team from Active Environments, the group managing the move, to make sure the elephants were loaded safely onto the trucks for transport.
“We wish the elephants and everyone travelling with them a very safe journey,” the zoo said in a statement today.
It added the loading process was “a very emotional time” for staff.