Anne the Elephant
13 November 2011 :: 15:11:54 pm [ 1,342 views ]
A circus elephant who was filmed being abused is to get a new home at Longleat Safari Park.
The elderly performing elephant, named Anne, is being moved to the Wiltshire park after bosses at the Bobby Roberts Super Circus agreed to the change.
Northamptonshire Police is investigating after secretly-filmed video showed the Asian elephant being kicked, hit with a metal pitchfork and being tied up with heavy chains.
The footage was taken by Animal Defenders International (ADI) between January 12 and February 15.
The circus said the alleged incidents “appear to be isolated and at times when Bobby Roberts was away for short periods” and that the groom employed to care for Anne had “disappeared”.
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Animal rights groups including the ADI, the British and Irish Association of Zoos and Aquariums, Born Free Foundation, Longleat and Specialist Wildlife Services met to discuss the best options for the elephant.
In a joint statement, they said: “We are delighted to announce that Mr Roberts has agreed that Anne can be re-homed to a place where she will feel safe and secure.
“Longleat has facilities to house Anne and provide her with a secure environment with the best possible veterinary care.”
Anne will be taken to Longleat “as soon as possible”, according to the RSPCA.
Precise details of the move are being withheld to make sure that her trip does not attract too much attention and her stress levels are kept down.
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